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Viljoen Qualifies For Finals Javelin Throw As Caster Prepares For Semi-Final 800m Run

 

By Matabo Manala

South African javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen has qualified for the finals at the Rio Olympic Stadium yesterday. 

Viljoen managed to throw at a distance of 63.54 metres and she hopes to not repeat the same fate that happened at the last London Olympic Games where she only missed by 38cm. She now wants to prove to the world that she is one of the next South African athletes to win either medals at the Games when she competes in the final of the javelin even on Thursday night.

According to SuperSport.com, this is what she had to say about her finals javelin qualification at the Rio Olympic Stadium:

“It’s very comforting to feel that you’re not the big, big favourite and to go into the final a bit as the underdog.

The javelin is very open this year so that’s nice. There’s not one lady that you can pinpoint and say this is a medal winner or this is for sure.

I’d rather go in not being the favourite and having those huge expectations on yourself when the country and everyone expects you to win.”

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On Wednesday afternoon, Caster ‘Mokgadi’ Semenya will be on the track field when she competes to qualify for the finals of the 800m run event. In her last Olympics events, she bagged her South Africa the silver medal and she is hoping to overachieve her silver medal by now getting a gold medal.

Be sure to catch Caster’s race at 15:50 today.
 

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