Viljoen a medal prospect

COMMONWEALTH javelin champion Sunette Viljoen reckons she is in with a good chance at the IAAF World Championships in Germany next month after winning gold at the 25th World Student Games in Serbia.

COMMONWEALTH javelin champion Sunette Viljoen reckons she is in with a good chance at the IAAF World Championships in Germany next month after winning gold at the 25th World Student Games in Serbia.

The 25-year-old Viljoen, who is a student at the University of North West's Potchefstroom campus, clinched the title with a throw of 62,52m on Thursday night. She is also the African champion and record holder.

Viljoen, a product of the well-known javelin stable of coach Terseus Liebenberg, took the lead with her opening throw of 62,25m and never looked back.

"It feels great to win a medal, especially gold in a global competition. I have enjoyed my stay here in Serbia in the past two weeks," said an excited Viljoen.

"Now that the World Student Games are over, I'm gonna take a few days break back in South Africa to recharge my batteries for the World Championships in Germany.

"We (Athletics South Africa's national team) have a training camp in Germany as part our final preparations for the championships, it will help us a great deal to acclimatise.

"The plan is to continue doing well during the championship in Germany, but it is a known fact that competition will be tough because all the big guns will be there."

Liebenberg said: "We are excited that Sunette has won gold, it's great for her in the preparations for the World Championships."

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