Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
Mokoena at the 2009 Lappeenranta Games
|Born||March 6, 1985|
|Height||1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|Updated on 15 August 2012.|
Early Life and Family
He matriculated at Nigel high School, Nigel. His talent at Long Jump was discovered by Elna de Beer.
In 2008 he won long jump at the world indoor championships and silver at the Olympic games.
In July 2009 he set a new African record in long jump, 8.50m in Madrid in an IAAF Super Grand Prix meeting where he finished second behind Fabrice Lapierre. The previous African record, 8.46, was held by Cheikh Toure of Senegal and set in 1997.
|2001||World Youth Championships||Debrecen, Hungary||5th||High jump|
|2003||All-Africa Games||Abuja, Nigeria||3rd||Long jump|
|Afro-Asian Games||Hyderabad, India||3rd||Long jump|
|2004||World Junior Championships||Grosseto, Italy||2nd||Long jump|
|2006||World Indoor Championships||Moscow, Russia||5th||Long jump|
|Commonwealth Games||Melbourne, Australia||4th||Long jump|
|African Championships||Bambous, Mauritius||2nd||Long jump|
|2007||All-Africa Games||Algiers, Algeria||3rd||Long jump|
|World Championships||Osaka, Japan||5th||Long jump|
|World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||3rd||Long jump|
|2008||World Indoor Championships||Valencia, Spain||1st||Long jump|
|Olympic Games||Beijing, China||2nd||Long jump|
|2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany||2nd||Long jump|
|World Athletics Final||Thessaloniki, Greece||3rd||Long jump|
|2010||World Indoor Championships||Doha, Qatar||2nd||Long jump|
|African Championships||Nairobi, Kenya||1st||Long jump|
- Long jump – 8.50 m (2009) – national record.
- Triple jump – 17.25 m (2005) – national record.
- High jump – 2.10 m (2001)
Phakiso Mokoena, father of Godfrey, was quoted in a local newspaper "Godfrey initially found it difficult to qualify for the Olympics, but has through hard work endured and finished second in the world."
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