Long jump: Mokoena qualifies for games

2012-06-02 00:00

ROME — Khotso Mokoena qualified for the Olympic Games after equalling the required distance of 8,20 m in the final round of the men’s long jump at the third leg of the Samsung Diamond league in Rome on Thursday.

Mokoena got his first qualifier in Pretoria at Yellow Pages III on April 20 with an 8,29-metre jump and required another A-standard as per the agreement between Athletics SA and SASCOC.

Mokoena opened with 7,84 m followed by 7,77 m and then a foul in the third round put him in the third place. The fourth and fifth round saw the 27-year-old come back with 8,13 and 8,07 m, but he gave everything in the final round and finished with a leap of 8,20 m to finish second. Greg Rutherford (GBR) won with 8,32m.

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