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Mokoena's leap of faith

By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Jul 27, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

KHOTSO "Crocodile" Mokoena, the top South African athlete, is on track to bag his first gold medal at the World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, next month.

In-form jumper Mokoena came out tops at the City of Barcelona Athletics meeting at the Spanish Olympic Stadium on Saturday night.

Mokoena's best distance of 8,29m in that meeting, where more than 300 athletes from 53 countries participated, saw him maintain his winning rhythm.

Speaking to Sowetan from his hotel room in Monaco, Mokoena said he was in the right frame of mind for his first medal at his third successive World Championships.

At his first championships in Helsinki in 2005, Mokoena finished seventh in the final and improved to fifth in 2007 in Osaka.

"The plan now is to win a medal for my country in Germany. Gold is wide open for all the top three athletes in the world, Dwight Phillips, Fabrice Lapierre and I.

"I have been hard at work at training for gold ahead of the championships and that's what I will be going for. I believe in consistency."

Mokoena arrived in Monaco yesterday for tomorrow night's Grand Prix meeting where he is one of the favourites to win his event.

"After the meet in Monaco, the plan is to have another event, possibly in Finland on August 5, before starting with the final preparations for Germany. I'm in good shape and ready to contribute to the success of my country," said Mokoena, South Africa's solitary medallist at the Beijing Olympics after clinching silver.

Leonard Chuene, Athletics South Africa president who has arrived at their training camp in Germany, said he was impressed with Mokoena's consistency in winning his events.

"Khotso is an athlete par excellence, he has been winning all his events, and the most important of it all is that his distances keep improving. He is one of our medal hopes here in Germany. He will come and join the other athletes here in camp after completing his competitions.

"We (ASA) organised the training camp to assist our athletes in their final preparations for the World Championships, everything is going according to plan," said Chuene.


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