South African Athletics

Khotso Mokoena down but not out after long-jump setback

2015-08-24 13:59
Khotso Mokoena competes in the men's long jump qualification at IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Beijing – Long jumper Khotso Mokoena says he will now shift focus to the triple jump competition at the IAAF World Championships after he agonisingly missed out on a place in the long jump today. 

Mokoena recorded two no jumps and his best leap was the 7.79m that he posted in his second of the allocated three qualification attempts. 

He finished on equal distance as Radek Juska but the Czech Republic jumper sneaked into the top 12 by virtue of having had two legal jumps and his group ranking (fourth) was better than Mokoena’s. The South African ended ninth during the qualifying round. 

“Obviously I didn’t get through and that’s it. It was not easy after the first no jump,” said a clearly disappointed Mokoena. 

“At least I have a break in between and I’m looking forward to the triple jump on Wednesday [4am South African time].” 

Meanwhile other long jumpers, African champion Zarck Visser and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Rushwahl Samaai, also fared dismally during the long jump run-up today. They finished 19th and 20th in the overall rankings. 

In the another morning session event involving Team SA, sprinter Justine Palframan came last in 52.45 seconds in the women’s 400m heats.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Caster Semenya has been nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award. Which of the nominees deserves the award most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.