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SA trio fail to shine at Diamond League meeting

Our three competitors at the weekend’s Diamond Leg track and field series in China, looked a little ring-rusty as the season starts to gather momentum, writes Mark Etheridge.

After disappointing at last year’s London Olympics, former Games silver medallist Khotso Mokoena ended seventh at the Shangai meeting.

He could only manage seventh spot with an effort of 7.74 metres, well behind local ace Jizhe Li’s 8.34 winning leap. Mokoena will be disappointed at not going close to the 8m mark at least.

In the men’s 110m hurdles, Olympic finalist Lehann Fourie ended eighth in 13.82.

In the United States based athlete’s defence though is the fact that he has been battling with injury. Another one battling was Olympic champion Aries Merrett, who pulled up short before the first hurdle. Winner was Jason Richardson in 13:23.

Big Robert Oosthuizen also failed to impress, unable to cut it in the final group of eight as he had a second round best of 74.62m.

Setting the benchmark was Finland’s Tero Pitkamaki whose 87.60m throw was the furthest in the world till now.