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Viljoen misses World Champs but SA duo get late invite


South Africa’s medal chances at next month’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in London took a significant dip on Friday.

That’s because Rio Olympics javelin silver medallist Sunette Viljoen has pulled out with injury.

Viljoen confirmed the news via Twitter.

The 33-year-old is a two-time bronze medallist at World Championships, in 2013 and 2015, and called it the ‘most difficult decision I have had to make’, but did not specify what the injury was.

Meanwhile, although there was bad news for Viljoen, good news for SA sports fans is that there have been late invitations to 100-metre hurdler Rikenette Steenkamp and discus thrower Victor Hogan from the IAAF.

The pair were invited by the global body to participate in their specialist events after being selected to fill ‘quotas’ in order to complete the fields in these respective disciplines.

Steenkamp had a great season in Europe, dipping under the 13-second barrier for the first time, while Hogan is rapidly finding form after recently having come out of a suspension for testing positive for an illegal stimulant.

And there’s still no news on distance track ace Dominique Scott, controversially left out of the team, despite having met the IAAF qualification criteria, which would see her advancing directly to the final of the 10,000m as it’s a no-heats event.

Picture of Viljoen courtesy of Roger Sedres/ImageSA


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