Justine ROBBESON

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    South Africa South Africa
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    15 MAY 1985
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    184706
South African javelin thrower Justine Robbeson (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 13.89 +0.6 Germiston (RSA) 18 JAN 2003
200 Metres 24.83 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 25 APR 2003
800 Metres 2:35.20 Grosseto (ITA) 17 JUL 2004
100 Metres Hurdles 13.56 +1.7 Grosseto (ITA) 16 JUL 2004
High Jump 1.78 Abuja (NGR) 11 OCT 2003
Long Jump 6.26 -0.8 Windhoek (NAM) 18 MAY 2002
Shot Put 14.67 Potchefstroom (RSA) 10 FEB 2010
Discus Throw 40.61 Stellenbosch (RSA) 30 APR 2011
Javelin Throw 63.49 Potchefstroom (RSA) 16 FEB 2008
Heptathlon 5868 Grosseto (ITA) 17 JUL 2004

Legend

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Latest Active Season: 2012

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Shot Put 13.28 Tshwane (RSA) 05 APR 2012
Discus Throw 37.67 Johannesburg (RSA) 28 APR 2012
Javelin Throw 53.76 Pretoria (RSA) 20 APR 2012

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2003 13.89 +0.6 Germiston (RSA) 18 JAN 2003

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2004 25.03 +0.9 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2004
2003 24.83 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 25 APR 2003

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004 2:35.20 Grosseto (ITA) 17 JUL 2004
2003 2:36.02 Hyderabad (IND) 29 OCT 2003

Outdoor

100 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2005 13.81 +0.3 Krugersdorp (RSA) 15 JAN 2005
2004 13.56 +1.7 Grosseto (ITA) 16 JUL 2004
2003 13.78 -0.5 Germiston (RSA) 08 MAR 2003
2002 13.71 -2.2 Germiston (RSA) 23 FEB 2002

Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2004 1.70 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2004
2003 1.78 Abuja (NGR) 11 OCT 2003

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2007 5.87 Durban (RSA) 31 MAR 2007
2005 6.11 -0.6 Krugersdorp (RSA) 15 JAN 2005
2004 6.14 +0.8 Grosseto (ITA) 17 JUL 2004
2003 6.12 +1.4 Germiston (RSA) 24 JAN 2003
2002 6.26 -0.8 Windhoek (NAM) 18 MAY 2002
2001 5.99 -1.0 Pretoria (RSA) 21 APR 2001

Outdoor

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2012 13.28 Tshwane (RSA) 05 APR 2012
2011 13.45 Durban (RSA) 09 APR 2011
2010 14.67 Potchefstroom (RSA) 10 FEB 2010
2008 13.08 Pretoria (RSA) 27 MAR 2008
2006 13.07 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 01 APR 2006
2004 13.02 Grosseto (ITA) 16 JUL 2004
2003 12.08 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 25 APR 2003

Outdoor

Discus Throw

Performance Place Date
2012 37.67 Johannesburg (RSA) 28 APR 2012
2011 40.61 Stellenbosch (RSA) 30 APR 2011

Outdoor

Javelin Throw

Performance Place Date
2012 53.76 Pretoria (RSA) 20 APR 2012
2011 61.26 Maputo (MOZ) 02 JUL 2011
2010 61.23 Potchefstroom (RSA) 17 APR 2010
2009 53.43 Stellenbosch (RSA) 04 APR 2009
2008 63.49 Potchefstroom (RSA) 16 FEB 2008
2007 62.51 Potchefstroom (RSA) 02 FEB 2007
2006 62.80 Kuortane (FIN) 24 JUN 2006
2005 59.46 Potchefstroom (RSA) 07 SEP 2005
2004 55.52 Potchefstroom (RSA) 15 SEP 2004
2003 51.42 Hyderabad (IND) 30 OCT 2003
2002 54.17 Roodeport (RSA) 13 FEB 2002
2001 51.54 Debrecen (HUN) 14 JUL 2001

Outdoor

Heptathlon

Performance Wind Place Date
2004 5868 Grosseto (ITA) 17 JUL 2004
2003 5761 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 26 APR 2003
2002 5391 Bellville (RSA) 27 APR 2002

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Javelin Throw 61.38 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Heptathlon 5868 Grosseto (ITA) 17 JUL 2004

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Javelin Throw 51.54 Debrecen (HUN) 14 JUL 2001

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Javelin Throw 60.60 Bambous (MRI) 12 AUG 2006
2. Javelin Throw 52.81 Porto Novo (BEN) 30 JUN 2012
2. Javelin Throw 60.24 Nairobi (KEN) 31 JUL 2010

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Javelin Throw 55.33 Maputo (MOZ) 13 SEP 2011
1. Javelin Throw 58.09 Algiers (ALG) 20 JUL 2007
2. Heptathlon 5697 Abuja (NGR) 14 OCT 2003

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Javelin Throw 60.03 New Delhi (IND) 09 OCT 2010

Honours - World University Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Javelin Throw 59.78 Shenzen (CHN) 18 AUG 2011
3. Javelin Throw 58.70 Izmir (TUR) 20 AUG 2005

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Javelin Throw 60.12 Stellenbosch (RSA) 15 MAR 2008
1. Javelin Throw 57.54 Durban (RSA) 17 MAR 2007
1. 100 Metres Hurdles 13.88 +1.8 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2005
1. Heptathlon 5761 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 26 APR 2003
Results in:

Shot Put

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
05 APR 2012 Tshwane Yellow Pages Interclub RSARSA F F 5. 13.28
27 APR 2012 Johannesburg USSA Student Ch. RSARSA F F 5. 13.21

Discus Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
28 APR 2012 Johannesburg USSA Student Ch. RSARSA F F 7. 37.67

Javelin Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
20 APR 2012 Pretoria Yellow Pages Series RSARSA F F 2. 53.76
27 APR 2012 Johannesburg USSA Student Ch. RSARSA F F 3. 52.34
30 JUN 2012 Porto Novo African Championships BENBEN A F 2. 52.81


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Updated 23 July 2008

Justine ROBBESON, South Africa (Javelin) 
Born 15 May 1985, Benoni

1.70m / 65kg
North-West University (PUK) Athletics Club, Potchefstroom
Coach: Terseus Liebenberg

Justine Robbeson is a dedicated and highly intelligent student doing a BSc degree in nutrition and human movement. So, being a true academic it is a serious concern for Robbeson that she is already in her fifth year but is still without her degree. This can only be attributed to the fact that she has had so much travelling to do to further her career as an athlete.   

Robbeson aims to finish her degree study in 2009, having to date completed 37 subjects – 31 with distinction – with three to go.  She attends North-West University, Potchefstroom, where she is also a member of the athletics club and is coached by the highly respected and successful Terseus Liebenberg. Earlier, this youngest of four children (two brothers and a sister) was a proud scholar at Springs Girls’ High School, east of Johannesburg.   

Following her versatility in athletics and other sports like softball, hockey and swimming, it came as no surprise when Robbeson won the Heptathlon at the 2004 World Junior Championships, in Grosseto, Italy. Neither was it unexpected that she had selected the javelin as her main and future event. She has not regretted that decision and admits that she should have done so perhaps in 2001 after her second place in the javelin at the World Youth Championships, in Debrecen, Hungary. She accepts, though, that the Heptathlon events gave her a better grounding.  

Other special moments for Robbeson include her third place in the javelin in the 2006 World Cup, in Athens, and her two African records, set in Kuortane, Finland (62.80 in 2006) and Potchefstroom (63.49 in 2008).  

Almost inevitably for an athlete, Robbeson has had a few setbacks through untimely injuries and minor operations (two) but she has a very proud record in international events. Her proudest is that, since starting her international career in 2001, she has returned home with at least one medal every year from each championship meeting.      

Her future aims? To win an Olympic medal is the dream of all athletes and she is no exception, although reaching the final in Beijing would be a great achievement.  At 23, still “very young,” her main target is the 2012 Olympic Games in London, by which time she hopes to record regular distances of 65 to 68m and return with a medal.   

In Beijing, Robbeson expects a battle for gold between Barbora Spotakova, from the Czech Republic, and Christina Obergföll, from Germany, with the latter perhaps having the better chance. Her role model is Frankie Fredericks, Namibia’s prolific Olympic and World Championships medal-winning sprinter. “He is always friendly, modest and humble, and has the interests of athletes at heart,” she says.       


Personal Bests

Javelin:  63.49 (2008) 
Heptathlon:  5868 (2004)
Other Heptathlon events:  200m - 24.83 (2003); 800m - 2:17.19 (2003); 100m Hurdles - 13.56 (2004); High Jump - 1.78 (2003); Long Jump - 6.26 (2002), Shot - 13.15 (2007).


Yearly Progression

Javelin:  1999 - 43.30; 2000 - 45.51; 2001 - 52.16; 2002 - 54.17; 2003 – 51.42;  2004 - 55.82;  2005 - 59.46; 2006 - 62.80; 2007, 62.51; 2008, 63.49.      

Heptathlon:   2002 - 5380; 2003 - 5761; 2004 - 5868.       

 

Career Highlights

2001  2nd World Youth Championships (Javelin)
2002  2nd World Schools Gymnasiade (Long Jump)
2003  2nd  All Africa Games (Heptathlon) 
2003              2nd  1st Afro Asian Games (Heptathlon)
2004  1st World Junior Championships (Heptathlon)
2005              2nd      World Student Games (Javelin)
2006              1st       African Championships (Javelin)
2006              3rd       World Cup (Javelin)
2006              2nd      African Students’ Championships (Javelin)
2007              1st       All Africa Games (Javelin)

  
Prepared by Gert le Roux for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

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