By Mark Etheridge
Sunette Viljoen will bring the form of her life back from Korea and Switzerland back to Africa when she arrives in Maputo for the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.
Viljoen won bronze in the javelin at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu earlier this week (68.38 metres) and on Thursday night was at it again in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich.
Taking part in the penultimate Samsung meeting of the season, the Potchefstroom superstar carried on where she left off in Daegu. On this occasion she went one better and won silver in Zurich.
Her fifth round hurl, pegged at 67.46 metres and it was only Germany’s Christina Obergfoll who could better that. What’s more it needed a meeting record 69.57m effort for her to beat the South African.
Viljoen was part of Team South Africa at the last All Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria and picked up a bronze medal. Her distance of 54.46 now seems light years behind her. Fellow Potchefstroom athlete Justine Robbeson won gold in that competition with a 58.09 and Viljoen would really expect to hit this kind of mark in her sleep the way she’s throwing now
Things didn’t go as well in Zurich for 2009 world 800m champion and silver medallist in Daegue, Caster Semenya.
Semenya was never really a threat and just dipped under the two minute mark, her 1min 59.77 clocking, putting her in fifth spot as Daegu gold medallist Mariya Savinova once again put one over the South African to win in 1:58.27.
The third South African in action was Ruben Ramolefi win the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Thirteenth in the final in Daegu, he was fourth on Thursday with a time of 8:15.34 in a race won by Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi in 8:07.72.