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SA duo in London
- Updated: July 13, 2012
It’s just two weeks to go before the Olympic Games explode into action in London and this weekend two of South Africa’s medal hopes are in action ÔÇô also in London, writes Mark Etheridge.
Khotso Mokoena and Sunette Viljoen take part in the London Grand Prix, the penultimate Diamond League meeting of the season.
Viljoen is still on cloud nine after her world-leading throw of 69.35 metres in the New York leg of the Diamond League and whether she admits it or not, if she can get over over world record holder Barbora Spotakova for a second time this year, her confidence is going to be sky-high going into the Games. Her event is on Saturday afternoon.
Mokoena on the other hand will be looking to boost his own confidence as he heads into the Games as Team South Africa’s sole medallist from the Beijing Games where he won silver in the long jump.
But the fact that his best this season, an 8.29m effort, is still five centimetres further than the jump that got South Africa on to the medals table in Beijing.
His competition is on Friday night and he’ll be up against Irving Saladino, the Panama athlete whose form has seemingly been in freefall since Beijing and is yet to feature on the world-list this year while World Championships silver medallist Mitchell Watt is also in the field. Mokoena has the best distance of the season in this line-up, 8cm further than Watt. World-leader is Briton Greg Rutherford’s 8.35.