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MOKOENA HANGS UP HIS SPIKES - All Athletics

MOKOENA HANGS UP HIS SPIKES

 
Updated: August 15, 2016

Former Olympic long jump silver medallist Khotso Mokoka has called time on his lengthy career, announcing his retirement at the Olympic Games on Monday.

The 31-year-old athlete, who also earned a World Championships silver medal in 2009 and won the world indoor title in 2008, launched a best attempt of 16.51m in the qualifying round of the men’s triple jump in Rio, and he was eliminated ahead of the final.

Speaking afterwards, he said he believed it was the right time to step aside and focus on other ventures.

“I feel good. It’s unfortunate I was unable to pull it through and go through to the finals, but I’ve had a long season and I’m ready to hang up my spikes,” said Mokoena, who retired with his national long jump (8.50m) and triple jump (17.35m) records intact.

In other events in the early session on day four of the athletics competition in Rio, LJ van Zyl took second place in his 400m hurdles heat in 49.12 seconds to reach Tuesday’s semifinals.

Countrymen Le Roux Hamman (49.72) and Lindsay Hanekom (50.22) ended seventh in their races and were unable to progress beyond the first round.

In the women’s 200m sprint, national champion Alyssa Conley secured fourth position in her first-round heat in 23.17, while Justine Palframan was fifth in her race in 23.33, and they were both knocked out ahead of the penultimate round.