JUSTINE ROBBESON

Justine Robbeson first appeared on the international stage as a heptathlete, winning gold in that event at the World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, in 2004. Since then, the Benoni-born athlete has decided to specialise in the javelin. Robbeson eclipsed Sunette Viljoen's African record with a throw of 62,8m in June last year and was later named as South Africa's female athlete of the year for 2006, having thrown further than 60m five times in the European season, winning the African Championships in Mauritius and then going on to represent the continent at the World Cup in Greece. She came home from that event with a bronze medal. This year has also been a good one for the 22-year-old North West University student, who has exceeded the 60m mark in every competition so far, including the South African Championships and the South African Student Championships. Her next aim is the 2007 World Championships in Japan, where she may be on target for a top-five finish if the previous World Cham- pionship results, in 2005, are anything to go by.

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