Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VILJOEN, JOBODWANA EDGED OUT IN OSLO
Sunette Viljoen narrowly missed out in a hard-fought javelin throw contest, and Anaso Jobodwana put up a strong challenge in the 200m sprint, at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday evening.
After grabbing the lead with a 64.36m second attempt, Viljoen settled for the runner-up spot behind Marharyta Dorozhon of Israel, who clinched the victory with a 64.56m national record.
On the track, Jobodwana worked hard out the blocks and through the bend, and while he led into the straight, Christophe Lemaitre of France rocketed past in the chase for the line.
The 22-year-old South African ended second in 20.39, with Lemaitre earning the win in 20.21.
Struggling to find their best form, Khotso Mokoena leaped 7.90m for fifth place and Zarck Visser produced a 7.85m effort for sixth in the men’s long jump event.
They were well behind British jumper Greg Rutherford, who won with a best attempt of 8.25m.
And in the men’s mile, national record holder Johan Cronje lost ground on the last lap, slipping to 10th position in 3:58.50, with Kenyan Asbel Kiprop charging to victory in 3:51.45.