Viljoen hurls her way to silver medal

Cape Town - Sunette Viljoen took silver in the javelin for Team South Africa at the Rio Olympics, putting four years of heartache to bed.

In London in 2012, Viljoen watched in agony as the bronze medal slipped through her fingers with the final throw of the competition.

In Rio however, things were different.

Taking the lead (64.92m) with her very first throw, Viljoen's mark held up until the fourth round of throws (of six) before Croatia's Sara Kolak sent the javelin soaring out to 66.18m to claim gold.

Silver was the very least Viljoen, a stalwart in South African Olympic and World Championship teams, deserved.

loading... Live
England 35/1 (17.4 ov)
West Indies 0
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
46% - 3751 votes
Cricket
11% - 893 votes
Football
18% - 1437 votes
Athletics
2% - 158 votes
Boxing
1% - 67 votes
Cycling
2% - 167 votes
Golf
5% - 408 votes
Motorsport
8% - 619 votes
Tennis
3% - 250 votes
Water sports
1% - 64 votes
American sports
1% - 61 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 213 votes
Vote