Khotso Mokoena


Khotso Mokoena has every reason to feel somewhat short-changed by
his country after being relegated to the periphery by the Caster
Semenya hullabaloo.
The silver medallist long jump and South Africa champion sat ignored
alongside 800m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi as politicians centered
on the achievements of young Semenya when the national team returned
from Germany last year.
Even the media weren't too concerned with the athlete, who had saved the
country blushes when he captured the only medal won by a member of the
bloated South African team that competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Still, the athlete remains one of the fl ag bearers of South African sport.
He set a new African record in the long jump with a leap of 8.50m, which is
also a national record.
Mokoena's consistency in the long jump over the past 10 years has been
remarkable. He came second at the World Indoor Championships held in
Qatar this year and is one of the best bets to capture another medal at the
Commonwealth Games, scheduled for India in October. � Phathisani Moyo

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