Sat Oct 22 14:07:09 CAT 2016

Mokoena's birthday bash stretches to Stellenbosch

By unknown | Mar 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Beijing Olympics long jump silver medallist Khotso Mokoena plans to continue with his birthday celebrations in Stellenbosch this weekend.

He will be one of the big names to watch during the Yellow Pages South African track and field championships on Friday and Saturday.

Also known as "Crocodile", Mokoena celebrated his 24th birthday in style by winning the sixth and final leg of the series by jumping 8.10m on Friday night.

"It feels great to win on home soil, the crowd was incredible. It's still a bit early in the season, there is no rush," said Mokoena.

"The birthday celebrations will go on in Stellembosch, I want another A-qualifying standard (8.15m after jumping it in Potchefstroom) or better in Stellenbosch."

Many people who came to Germiston Stadium on Friday were disappointed that the much-publicised Mokoena vs Ndiss Kaba Badji clash did not materialise.

Kaba, the reigning African champion, only arrived in South Africa on Saturday from Senegal

"His flight [was] delayed in Dakar, he only arrived on Saturday," said Molatelo Malehopo, Athletics South Africa acting general manager.

"But we can confirm that Ndiss will definitely be in Stellembosch this weekend, we want Khotso to have competition."

German Betty Heidler, the reigning world champion, won the women's hammer throw with a distance of 74.25m.

South African Elizna Naude was tops in discuss (56.97m).


Login OR Join up TO COMMENT