Khotso vows comeback

2012-08-04 21:49

In his words, it was meant to be his comeback year but Khotso Mokoena it all went sour for the man nicknamed “Crocodile” in the Olympics long jump final last night.

Mokoena posted four no jumps with his readings only recorded in his first (7.93m) and third (7.62m) attempts.

Homeboy Greg Rutherford took gold in 8.35m while while Mitchell Watt of Australia (8.16m) and Will Claye of US (8.12m) settled for silver and bronze, respectively.

Said Mokoena afterwards: “You win some you lose some.”

With his Olympic dream over, the 27-year-old said: “I won’t put myself down. I will have to fight in the next four years and Rio (Brazil Games in 2016) is for gold, definitely.”

Recounting on what went pear-shaped for him last night, the Gauteng North athlete said he experienced “a bit of a problem with the run-up.”

He said the winning margins were not “massive” by world standards.

“If you look at it, they were not massive jumps. I know I have it in me but maybe I need to get my speed a little bit up.”

The IAAF top lists back him up as Rutherford is the world leader with 8.35m, Watt 8.28m and Claye 8.25m.
 
Mokoena is ranked fifth with his season best 8.29m.

Going forward, the lanky jumper from Heidelberg said he would go back to the drawing board and compete at two IAAF Diamond League meetings (in Switzerland and Belgium) before he takes a rest.


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