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SA athletics success

It was a good day on the athletics front for South Africa on Friday as Khotso Mokoena took Diamond League bronze in London and youngster Morne Moolman won bronze in Barcelona, writes Mark Etheridge.

Mokoena’s 8.24-metre effort in the long jump earned him third spot in the penultimate Diamond League event of the year in London while Moolman’s javelin medal came in at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona.

Mokoena, South Africa’s sole medallist from the Beijing Olympics four years ago, will take solace from the fact that he jumped the same distance as his silver medal leap in Beijing.

And it took season’s bests from the gold and silver medallists at Crystal Palace ÔÇô Mitchell Watt (8.28) and Chris┬á Tomlinson (8.26) to edge Mokoena to the lowest spot of the podium. Beijing Olympic champion Irving Saladino took sixth spot in 7.87 as he battles to get back on song.

Our season-leading javelin ace, Sunette Viljoen will compete at the same event on Saturday.

Western Cape athlete Moolman hurled the spear a personal best 76.29 metres with his fifth and penultimate throw to secure bronze. Ahead of him were Trinidad athlete Keshorn Walcott in 78.64m and Argentinian Braian Toledo (77:09).

Team South Africa now have two bronze medals in Spain after Gerhard de Beer’s bronze in the discus on Thursday night.

Also in Barcelona, national 400m champion Justine Palframan ran to fifth spot in another personal best.

Palframan clocked 51.87 seconds for a big personal best (previous best was 52.33) as Ashley Spencer’s 50.50sec beat the previous championship record, set by Nigeria’s Fatima Yusuf (50.62) in 1990.

The Eshowe teenager’s time was also a new SA junior record and broke former Springbok Myrtle Bothma’s time of 51.89 set in Bloemfontein, 29 years ago.

That feat alone should leave the youngster with little doubt that she’s hopefully following in the footsteps of greatness.

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