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Mokoena misses podium in Moroccan meeting

Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena will not have be happy with his Moroccan memories after this weekend’s athletics activity, writes Mark Etheridge.

After a meeting record of 8.16 metrers in Budapest, Hungary on the last day of May, Mokoena competed at the Mohammed VI IAAF World Challenge meeting in Rabat.

But he was only able to reach the 7.70m mark, and that with his fourth of six jumps. That put him in fourth spot for the day.

At last year’s Olympics in London Mokoena ended eighth in the final with a leap of 7.93.

The plan is apparently for Mokoena to have a busy build-up (with around 10 meetings) before this year’s World Championships in August and the Diamond League meetings are the ones that count for him and coach agent Jukka H├ñrk├Ânnen.

But Mokoena will still not be happy with a 7.70m. His other efforts were a 7.69m opener, followed by 6.31, 7.54 and then his best leap.

Spain’s Eusebio Caceres took the win with an 8.22m jump, his only jump of the day, while Greece’s Louis Tsatoumas took second with 8.02. They were the only two athletes to better the 8m barrier.