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Super Sunette gets gold

By Mark Etheridge

There was no African record on this occasion but a gold medal would have been more than consolation for javelin ace Sunette Viljoen in Serbia Thursday night.

After an opening throw of 62.25 metres, the Potchefstroom athlete closed the evening with her best effort of 62.52m to win the javelin event at the World Student Games in Belgrade. This came after her 65.43m continental mark in the qualifying rounds on Tuesday.

This latest gold will complement her 2006 Commonwealth Games medal just perfectly and was Team SA’s second gold of the Games after Sibabalwe Mzazi’s win in the 10,000m on Wednesday.

All five of 25-year-old Viljoen’s throws were over 60m as she kept world junior champion, Ukraine’s Vira Rebryk, at bay.

Athletics statistician Gert le Roux reports that fellow South African Mthobisi Baloyi ran his first international 1500m final at the same meeting, but found the going a bit tough and finished eighth in a time of 3 min 45.03 sec.

In the 400m hurdles final Cornel Fredericks (third in his semi-final) did well to advance to the final with a time of 50.79 sec.

African 200m champion,Thuso Mpuang, showed good form in his two outings in the opening rounds of the Games In the morning session he won his first round race in 21.25 sec and later booked his place in the semis with another first place in 20.98 sec.

But there was disappointment for Leigh Julius. Competing in his fourth Student Games, Julius survived the first round in 21.70 sec before being eliminated after a sixth place and a time of 21.31 sec.in ghe quarter finals.

Julius has had a distinguished Student Games career though having won two 200m titles on two occasions and two silver medals over 100 and 200 metres.

Isabel le Roux and Carina Horn also advanced to the semi-fnals of the 200m. Last year’s African champion Le Roux won her heat in 23.87 sec while Horn, despite a sixth place in 24.39 sec, also progressed to the next round.