Cape Town - Former Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena made
an impressive comeback on Saturday to win the men's long jump event at
the IAAF World Indoor Tour Meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Mokoena, who had struggled to find his best form
last year after focussing on the triple jump discipline, produced a best leap
of 8.05m to secure victory.
He was seven centimetres clear of German athlete
Julian Howard, who took second place.
The fourth of five legs in the World Indoor Tour
series will be held on Torun, Poland on Friday.
"It the good start for Mokoena. We
believe that he can still jump further in order to secure a spot in the IAAF
World Championships in London later in the year.
"He knows how difficult it will be to
secure a place in Team ASA (Athletics
South Africa), but one thing for sure is that he has experience
more than many of the athletes who will be competing against him.
"He must use that
experience now more than ever before because he still has a place in
international competition," said Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics