Khotso Mokoena

Long jumper

The long jump and triple jump king was the silver lining in the dark cloud that hovered over the South African Olympic team in Beijing. Khotso saved the country the blushes when he captured the only medal at the Games � a silver. A superb 8.24m leap on the tenth day at the magnificent Bird's Nest Stadium ended the medal drought for the bloated South African team. He has also won medals at the All Africa Games, brought home a silver from the 2006 Sydney Commonwealth Games in Australia for his triple jump and won gold at the World Indoor Championships in long jump. All this, and he is only 24 years old. � Phathisani Moyo

Lunch spot: Anywhere that serves great chicken