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Mokoena flies in Finland
- Updated: July 13, 2009
Khotso Mokoena, who pushed the African long jump record out to 8.50m in Madrid recently, secured another international success at the Lappeenranta Elite Athletics Games in Finland on Sunday.
Mokoena, a silver medallist at last year’s Beijing Olympics, where he leapt 8.24m, has been in red-hot form on the IAAF European ciurcuits this season, and is heading into the World Championships in Rome next month full of confidence. In Finland he won his event with another fine performance of, ironically, 8.24m, and defeated home favourite star Tommy Evila by 23cm in the process.
Mokoena is part of the OPEX 2012 Elite Road to London squad.
Elsewhere, Ockert Cilliers won the 400m hurdles in 50.08sec while Frantz Kruger, the South African record holder in the discus (and a Sydney 2000 Olympic medallist), but who is now a fully-fledged Finnish citizen, recorded a distance of 64.17m.
It was Kruger’s best of the year but he was defeated by Aleksandr Tammert of Estonia who won with 65.17m.