17 Days to go - Sunette Viljoen

Date of birth – 06.10.1983


  Performance Venue Year
Personal Best 69.35 New York (USA) 09.06.2012
Seasons Best 64.77 Pretoria (RSA) 11.04.2014
World Ranking 2014 7th    
All Time RSA 1st    


 Sunette Stella Viljoen has won gold at the Commonwealth Games and African Championships. She also made one Women’s Test  cricket and 17 Women’s One Day International appearances for South Africa between 2000 and 2002. She won gold at the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, throwing 62.52 metres. At the qualifying round she set a new African record 65.46 metres, eclipsing her compatriot Justine Robbeson’s record 63.49m achieved in Potchefstroom in February 2008. Viljoen’s throw was over three meters further than her previous PB of 62.24 m achieved also at the February 2008 meeting in Potchefstroom. On 14 June 2010 she broke her own record with 66.38 m at the Josef Odložil Memorial in Prague. She went on to win bronze at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea on 2 September 2011. With a throw of 68.38m, she also set a new African Record. Again on 9 June 2012 she improved her own African record to 69.35m at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York City.


World Championships
Bronze 2011 Daegu Javelin throw
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2006 Melbourne Javelin throw
Gold 2010 New Delhi Javelin throw
All-Africa Games
Bronze 2003 Abuja Javelin throw
Bronze 2007 Algiers Javelin throw
African Championships
Gold 2004 Brazzaville Javelin throw
Gold 2008 Addis Ababa Javelin throw
Gold 2010 Nairobi Javelin throw
Silver 2006 Bambous Javelin throw
Afro-Asian Games
Gold 2003 Hyderabad Javelin throw
Gold 2009 Belgrade Javelin throw
Gold 2011 Shenzhen Javelin throw
Continental Cup
Silver 2010 Split Javelin throw


1 x World Championships Bronze medallist
2 x All-Africa Games Bronze medallist
2 x African Championships Gold medallist
1 x African Championships Silver medallist
1 x Olympic Games finalist
2 x World Championships finalist
2 x Diamond League meeting winner
1 x Current African Record holder – Javelin Throw