Former South African cricketer Sunnette Viljoen bags silver in javelin throw at Rio Olympics

Former South Africa Women all-rounder Sunnette Viljoen, who has played one Test and 17 ODI’s, created history by bagging a silver medal in the women’s javelin throw final of Rio Olympics 2016.

On Thursday night in Brazil, Viljoen’s best throw of 64.92 metres was bettered only by the eventual gold medal winner – Croatian Sara Kolak who managed a throw of 66.18 metres.


Viljoen played her only Test against India in March 2002 in Paarl. She scored 17 runs and 71 runs in first and second innings of the match respectively. She made her ODI debut in 2000 and soon finished her career two years later in 2002 with 198 runs and five wickets.

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