Johannesburg - Olympic silver medalist Khotso Mokoena
will start the defence of his long jump series title at the Shanghai leg of the
Diamond League on Sunday.
In 2014, the horizontal-jumps king became the first
South African athlete to claim overall victory in the men’s long jump after
finishing on top of the international Diamond League standings.
While Mokoena focused on the triple jump during the
domestic season, he will continue his international battle in the long jump with
the likes of Olympic gold medalist Greg Rutherford of Britain and Russia’s
The line-up in Shanghai includes the who’s who of long jumping - with Mokoena, Rutherford, Menkov and the United States’ Jeff Henderson each
boasting personal best's of over 8.50 metres.
Mokoena will be joined in Shanghai by javelin thrower
Sunette Viljoen, who goes into the meeting with a world-leading heave of
66.62m, and Victor Hogan.
The 31-year-old Viljoen will have her work cut out as
she faces the best women’s javelin throwers in the world.
Among her competitors are world champion Christina
Obergföll of Germany, Russia’s Mariya Abakumova and Kim Mickle of Australia,
who boasts with a season’s best of 66.57m.
South African discus ace Victor Hogan will go up against Germany's Olympic champion Robert
Harting as well as the Olympic silver medalist, Piotr Malachowski of Poland.