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Long jump athlete leaps over crocs in KZN

By Sapa | Apr 30, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

It was a dream come true for Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena when he leapt over a creek of crocodiles in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, it was reported.

"I think I'm half-man, half-croc," he told The Star of his leap on Monday at Crocodile Creek, which is home to more than 5000 Nile crocodiles.

Mokoena, whose Sesotho surname translates as "he who swears by a crocodile", told the newspaper it was something he had wanted to do for a long time.

"It was about testing myself, my mental strength and overcoming the fear. As an athlete, I'm constantly pushing myself, embracing that animal instinct to go as far as I can," he said.

Mokoena has many tattoos of crocodiles on his body, and the words "Crocodile Bites".

"Crocs are most dangerous when in the water as they can propel themselves upwards to four metres with force," Peter Watson, an expert on crocodiles, and the owner of the creek told The Star.

"It was important that Mokoena understood that the animals could be unpredictable and that it was in his best interests to jump as far and high as he could," he said.

Mokoena is reportedly in training for the Diamond League, with his first appearance scheduled on May 18 in Shanghai.

 

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ironycally he jumped kwena which is s Setswana word for crocodile. well done kwena ya madiba

Apr 30, 2013 1:34 | 0 replies

should he have landed right inside them, we would be posting, "di mo laile"

Apr 30, 2013 3:3 | 0 replies

but black people sometimes are d*om, im not racist im black as well<im swearing by elephant but i once craped/soiled myself at kruger national park when they approached me

Apr 30, 2013 3:17 | 0 replies

Talk about motiivation to succeed!

Apr 30, 2013 3:25 | 0 replies

I also swear by crocodiles but I sanity tells me not to go jumping over such dangerous creatures.

neva do it again Kgotso, brotherly advise

Apr 30, 2013 3:41 | 0 replies

He was trying to do a James Bond who jumped over crocs in Live and Let die

Apr 30, 2013 3:52 | 0 replies

maybe you should take crocodiles with you to the next olympics then!!!!

May 02, 2013 7:23 | 0 replies

Not a very smart idea boss. Anyway, well done. Next time you'll be croc meal.

May 02, 2013 7:31 | 0 replies