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SILVER won't lose its shine

By unknown | Aug 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

BEIJING - The name Khotso Mokoena has been on the lips of almost every South African athlete and official here and it appears that they are not getting tired of talking about him.

They become radiant whenever Mokoena's name is mentioned and this is a clear sign of appreciation for what he has done for the country.

It should be the same back home, where his name is mentioned with pride and dignity by sports-loving South Africans.

Mokoena became a national hero when he won South Africa her first medal at the Beijing Olympics in the long jump event on Monday.

Some people might not regard the silver medal as much to shout about but those who know what it means to win a medal at the Olympics will always hail him.

This is the stage on which the world's best athletes show off their talents and it takes real guts for them to win medals. And Mokoena deserves to be commended for his achievement.

He made sure that his country's name was mentioned on the medal podium at the National Stadium and what a great feeling ro hear it coming over the address system.

Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile was delighted and proud of Mokoena's success and phoned him that same night to congratulate him.

Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene has taken him to trendy restaurants in Beijing as part of the celebrations.

His big success has not changed the admired Mokoena's attitude.

He says that he will continue to live a normal life, love his childhood friends and girlfriend and show respect for adults.


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