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South Africa throws golden Javelin

19 Mar 06 03:19

Sunette Viljoen of South Africa punches the air in victory after her gold-winning Javelin throw.

Sunette Viljoen of South Africa punches the air in victory after her gold-winning Javelin throw.

In a close finish in the Women’s Javelin, Sunette Viljoen of South Africa has won gold, with her best throw of 60.72 metres coming in the second round.

Defending champion Laverne Eve of the Bahamas had to settle for the silver medal, with her final throw of 60.54 metres landing just 18cm short of the Viljoen's mark.

The Bronze medal position was filled by Jamaican Olivia McKoy with a throw of 57.04 metres which came at her first attempt.

The Australian contingent of Kathryn Mitchell, Rosemary Hooper and Kimberly Mickle threw well with the enthusiastic support of a parochial crowd, but couldn't match the South African.

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