Rio Olympics 2016: Sunette Viljoen Wins SA’s Ninth Medal


With a nice throw in the women’s javelin on Thursday night, Sunette Viljoen won South Africa’s ninth medal of the Rio Olympics 2016.

Viljoen won silver, while Sara Kolak of Croatia overtook her to win the gold.

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Viljoen’s first throw of 64.92m put her ahead of others until Croatia’s Sara Kolak overtook her with a throw of 66.18m.

Thus, Sara Kolak of Croatia scooped the gold with an impressive throw of 66.18m While SA’s Viljoen took second place.

Meanwhile, defending champion Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic landed in third place with 64.80m.

32-year-old Viljoen is competing at her fourth Games. Four years ago at the London Olympics, Sunette Viljoen ended up in fourth place.

Viljoen’s silver medal amounts to South Africa’s ninth medal at the Rio Games amidst breaking records.

Swimmer Chad le Clos won silver in the men’s 100-metre butterfly and 200-metre freestyle. In addition to the medal, Le Clos also broke Jean Basson’s African record from 2009.

He clocked 1min 45.20sec behind China’s Sun Yang in 1:44.65. Cameron van der Burgh also finished second in the men’s 100-metre breaststroke.

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Meanwhile, Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling secured silver in the men’s rowing pairs, while captain Kyle Brown and company settled for bronze in the men’s rugby sevens. Luvo Manyonga took silver in the men’s long jump, while Henri Schoeman secured bronze in the men’s triathlon.

The world gave a standing ovation to Wayde van Niekerk who clinched gold in the men’s 400-metre after breaking a 17-year-old record.

The South African stunned the world when he trumped Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400 metres record to clinch the gold medal. Van Niekerk won the race from a difficult position; lane 8, finishing at an unbelievable time of 43.03 seconds.

Way to go South Africa! keep bringing in the medals.