South Africa’s Women Cricketer, Sunette Viljoen Creates History At Rio Olympics


Sunette Viljoen secured silver medal in the Women’s javelin final of Rio Olympics as she finished second behind Coratia’s Sara Kolak.

With India’s cricketers supporting Indian contingents like PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik at Rio Olympics, one would hardly recognise former South Africa Women all-rounder Sunette Viljoen amidst this chaos. She made her country proud when she bagged silver medal in the Women’s javelin final of Rio Olympics. The 33-year-old Sunette finished second behind Coratia’s Sara Kolak. Her best throw was of 64.92 metres in comparison to Kolak’s 66.18 metres. This was ninth medal for South Africa who are placed 34 overall. She became the first cricketer to win Olympics medal after 96 years.

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They have a gold medal and two bronze medals. With the inclusion of this silver medal, it mounts up to sixth one. She was pretty close to winning medal at London Olympics in 2012 but unfortunately drew fourth with best throw of 54.53 metres. She fell behind Germany’s Linda Stahl who finished third with 64.91 metres. As for cricket, Sunette has played one Test and 17 One-Day International (ODIs) in her career span. Her only Test was against India in March 2002 in Paarl, where she scored 17 and 71. She made her ODI debut in 2000 and finished her ODI career with 198 runs and five wickets.


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