Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MOKOKA QUALIFIES FOR WORLD CHAMPS
Stephen Mokoka achieved his goal on Friday night, dipping under the qualifying standard for the World Championships in the men’s 10 000m race at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene.
Mokoka finished 14th in 27:43.73, just three seconds outside his personal best, as he achieved the required time of 27:45.00 for the global showpiece in Beijing in August.
Mo Farah of Great Britain won the race in 26:50.97, holding off Kenyans Paul Tanui and Geoffrey Kamworor in a three-man sprint finish.
“I qualified, so I’m very happy,” Mokoka said after the race.
“This was my last race (on the international track and field circuit). Now I just want to prepare for the world champs.”
Three other South African athletes – Anaso Jobodwana (200m), Andre Olivier (800m) and Johan Cronje (mile) – will compete on day two of the Prefontaine Classic.
The live broadcast starts at 10pm on Saturday night, on SuperSport 4 and SuperSport 6.