Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VILJOEN SOARS INTO JAVELIN FINAL
Sunette Viljoen carried the SA flag on Friday, easily booking her place in the women’s javelin throw final on the seventh day of competition at the World Championships in Beijing.
The former World Championships bronze medallist produced a 63.93m heave with her first attempt of the qualifying round, progressing automatically to Sunday’s final.
Johan Cronje, the country’s only medallist at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, was knocked out in the men’s 1 500m semifinals.
Cronje took eighth position in his heat in 3:36.59, missing out on a place in the final by a little more than half a second.
Decathlete Willem Coertzen, who was lying 22nd of 29 athletes in the decathlon, pulled out of the event after four of 10 disciplines, confirming he did not feel well and could not continue.
Race walker Marc Mundell will turn out in the 50km walk on Saturday morning, and the SA men’s 4x100m relay team – Akani Simbine, Henricho Bruintjies, Anaso Jobodwana and Antonio Alkana – will compete in the first-round heats as they target a place in the final, to be held in the afternoon session on the penultimate day of the championships.
* See our Results section for results of all finals, and visit our Flash News section for the schedule of SA athletes