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Khotso 2nd in Germany

Beijing Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena finished second on count-back behind Ignisious Gaisah in the long jump at the PSD Bank Meeting in D├╝sseldorf at the weekend with a jump of 7.98 metres.

Mokoena had been leading the competition until the Ghanaian equalled the South African’s distance with his final leap and won the competition on count-back.

This is the second time the two have met in a space of a week. At the Winter Moscow meeting last week Mokoena had jumped a season’s best of 8.04m for second behind Russia’s Aleksnadr Menkov whose winning jump of 8.24m was a personal best. Gaisah finished third with a leap of 7.93m.

Mokoena is looking for a jump of 8.15m to qualify for the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey from 9-11 March.

In America at the Millrose Games on Saturday, Lehann Fourie qualified for the second time this year for the World Indoor Championships. The African 110m hurdles champion was timed at 7.65sec for fourth behind David Oliver (7.51sec), Terrence Trammel (7.52sec) and Aries Merrit (7.53sec).

Fourie was 0.01sec off his personal best which he ran a week earlier at the New Balance Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on 4 February.


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