Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VILJOEN, JOBODWANA STAND OUT IN STOCKHOLM
Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen and sprinter Anaso Jobodwana were the best of the South African performers at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Thursday night.
Viljoen launched a 64.03m effort in the second round to take the early lead, but she was overtaken by Czech world record holder Barbora Spotakova, who won with a best heave of 65.66m.
Jobodwana, meanwhile, was well placed off the bend but Alonso Edward of Panama drew clear in the chase for the line to secure victory in the men’s 200m race in 20.04 seconds.
The South African, who was celebrating his 23rd birthday, took the runner-up spot in 20.18 as he regained top spot in the Diamond League standings in the half-lap event.
Versatile former Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena also finished on the podium, ending third in the men’s long jump with a 7.87m leap.
Countryman Zarck Visser was seventh, producing a best attempt of 7.71m, while Olympic champion Greg Rutherford of Great Britain bagged a comfortable win (8.34m).
Carina Horn put up a fight in the middle of the pack, in the women’s 100m dash, as she was edged into fifth place in 11.24 seconds with American Shalonda Salomon given the same time in fourth position.
Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who will defend her world title in Beijing next month, charged to victory in 10.93.
One-lap hurdles star Wenda Nel, celebrating her 27th birthday, also finished fifth in her specialist event, crossing the line in 55.26 seconds in difficult conditions after rain had fallen shortly before the main programme started.
Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, another reigning world champion, won in 54.37.