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Silver for Mokoena
- Updated: May 25, 2009
Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena was one of a handful of South African athletes in action at the Mohammed VI d’Athletisme meeting in Rabat, Morocco at the weekend.
Mokoena took second spot out of the eight athletes in the long jump with a best of 8.17 metres, behind Moroccan winner Yahya Berrabah, who leapt a personal best of 8.38m, improving on his previous best by five centimetres. It was also a national record.
Mokoena, whose best is 8.39m, jumped 8.24 for his silver in Beijing. Of his six jumps at the meeting only one other (8.10m) was over the 8m mark.
In the men’s 3,000 metre steeplechase, South African recordholder Ruben Ramolefi placed seventh in 8:22.04 behind Kenyan Paul Koech (8:07.80).
Ramolefi, who broke the SA record at Coetzenberg, Stellenbosch earlier this year, has a personal best of 8:16.04.
The Meeting Mohammed VI d’ Athl├®tisme is one of a select group of Area meetings at which points can be acquired by athletes to qualify for the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, to be held on 12-13 September in Thessaloniki, Greece.
In the men’s 200m, SA’s Kagisho Kumbane took eighth spot in 21.49sec in a race won by Egypt’s Amr Seoud (20.87). Kumbane’s PB is 20.64.
South Africa’s Juanee Cilliers failed to finish the women’s 1,500m, won by Irina Lischynska┬á in 4:06.22.