Sunette Viljoen

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Sunette Viljoen
Sunette Viljoen 2010.jpg
Sunette Viljoen in 2010
Personal information
Born (1983-10-06) 6 October 1983 (age 31)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 80 kg (180 lb)
Sport
Country  South Africa
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin
Updated on 11 August 2012.

Sunette Stella Viljoen (born 6 October 1983 in Johannesburg[1]) is a South African javelin thrower, who has won gold at the Commonwealth Games and African Championships. She also made one Women's Test cricket and 17 Women's One Day International appearances for South Africa between 2000 and 2002.[2]

She won gold at the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, throwing 62.52 metres. At the qualifying round she set a new African record 65.46 metres, eclipsing her compatriot Justine Robbeson's record 63.49m achieved in Potchefstroom in February 2008. Viljoen's throw was over three meters further than her previous PB of 62.24 m achieved also at the February 2008 meeting in Potchefstroom.[3] On 14 June 2010 she broke her own record with 66.38 m at the Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague.[4]

She went on to win bronze at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea on 2 September 2011. With a throw of 68.38m, she also set a new African Record.

Again on 9 June 2012 she improved her own African record to 69.35m at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York City.[5]

At the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, which was held in Moscow, Russia Viljoen took only the 6th place with a mark of 63.58 meters.

In 2014 she placed second at the Commonwealth Games. Later that year she won the African Championships with a result of 65.32m.


Sunette Viljoen being declared the winner at the 2010 Josef Odložil Memorial, only several minutes after her record throw. Former world record holder and Olympic champion of 1952 Dana Zátopková comes with congratulations.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  South Africa
2003 World Championships Paris, France 16th (q) 56.78 m
All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 3rd 51.68 m
Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 1st 55.49 m
2004 African Championships Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 1st 60.13 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 35th (q) 54.45 m
2005 Universiade Izmir, Turkey 12th 51.09 m
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 1st 60.72 m
African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 2nd 55.64 m
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 3rd 54.46 m
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 5th 58.39 m
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st 55.17 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 33rd (q) 55.58 m
2009 Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 1st 62.52 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 18th (q) 56.83 m
2010 African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 1st 63.33 m
Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 1st 62.34 m
2011 Universiade Shenzhen, China 1st 66.47 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3rd 68.38 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 64.53 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 6th 63.58 m
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 2nd 63.19 m
African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 1st 65.32 m

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