South African javelin queen Sunette Viljoen made a strong start to the 2019 season unleashing a throw of over 60 metres at a Gauteng North league meeting in Pretoria on Saturday.
The Olympic silver medalist launched a 61.64m in her first meeting in Tuks Athletics colours.
It was also Viljoen’s first competition since she split from long-time coach Terseus Liebenberg.
“I am very happy about today, I think it is a good start but I am not surprised about the distance of the throw,” Viljoen said.
“I’ve been working hard since my injury after last year’s Athletic World Cup (London). I just wanted a solid start and my goal was to throw over 60 metres.”
Viljoen experienced a topsy turvy 2018 where she won a fourth Commonwealth Games medal clinching bronze in Australia before injury cut her season short.
The 35-year-old has been battling with injuries since she won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games missing the 2017 World Championships in London.
Viljoen said she was delighted to be back in action as she builds towards this year’s global championships in Doha and next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
“I never get tired of javelin throwing, I wake up every morning with this absolute drive to improve and be better than the previous season,” Viljoen said.
“Everything I’ve already achieved is incredible but I still have three things I want to achieve and that is winning the world and Olympic titles and breaking the world record.”