Sunette Viljoen wins SA's NINTH medal in Rio!

By Kirstin Buick
19 August 2016

Sunette is the first female athlete from Team SA to earn a medal.

The South African athletes continue to impress at the Olympics in Rio! The latest member of #TeamSA to step on to the winner's podium is Sunette Viljoen, who won the silver in the women's javelin. That makes Sunette the first ever African woman to earn a medal in javelin -- and the first woman at this year's Olympics to win a medal.

Her best throw was an incredible 64.25 m. Sunette was in the lead until Sara Kolak of Croatia overtook her with a throw of 66.18 m. Having just missed out in London (she came fourth) in 2012, the 32-year-old must be over the moon about her win -- as are we! Congratulations, Sunette!

Here's our medal tally thus far

  • Chad le Clos won silver in 100 m butterfly and 200 m freestyle
  • Cameron van der Burgh silver in the men's 100 m breaststroke
  • Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling won silver in the men's rowing pairs
  • The men's rugby sevens team won bronze
  • Luvo Manyonga took silver in the men's long jump
  • Wayde van Niekerk won gold in the men's 400 m
  • Henri Schoeman won bronze in the men's triathlon.

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