Posted on June 29, 2020

Cricketer turned South African javelin thrower shares her high hopes for Tokyo 2020 after recovering from a back injury.

Age has never been a barrier for Sunette Viljoen.

At only 17 years, she became the youngest South African woman to play international cricket.
In 2021 she hopes to celebrate her 38th birthday as a javelin Olympic champion.

And the Rio 2016 silver medallist is not planning a Tokyo 2020 swansong at her fifth Olympics.
“I hate it when someone speaks to me and says you are probably now focused on ending your career. I am nowhere near ending it,” she said in an exclusive interview with the Olympic Channel.

After success at Rio, the Olympic silver medallist has fought hard to get back on the field, after battling a lower back injury for two years.

The former fast bowler now has an extra year to prepare to realise her dream to be an ‘Olympic champion.’

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- Author Evelyn Watta
Published by Leonore Jordaan

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