Godfrey Khotso Mokoena

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Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
Mokoena at the 2009 Lappeenranta Games
Personal information
Born (1985-03-06) March 6, 1985 (age 30)
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Country  South Africa
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Long jump
Updated on 15 August 2012.

Godfrey Khotso Mokoena (born 6 March 1985 in Heidelberg, South Africa) is a South African athlete who specializes in the long jump and triple jump.

Early Life and Family[edit]

He started his school education at Shalimar Ridge Primary School in Heidelberg, Gauteng. He excelled at gymnastics at a very early age.

He matriculated at Nigel High School, Nigel. His talent at long jump was discovered by Elna de Beer.[1] He started to compete in athletics at the age of 13.[2]


Originally competing in the triple jump, winning the World Junior title in 2004 (he also came second in the long jump) and the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he switched to long jump in 2007 after an ankle injury.[2][1] It was a very successful transition. 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.[3]

For the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he switched back to the triple jump, winning the gold medal.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  South Africa
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 5th High jump 2.10 m
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 12th Long jump 7.08 m (wind: -0.7 m/s)
2003 All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 3rd Long jump 7.83 m
2nd Triple jump 16.28 m
Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 3rd Long jump 7.76 m
3rd Triple jump 15.92 m
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 2nd Long jump 8.09 m (wind: +0.7 m/s)
1st Triple jump 16.77 m (wind: -0.3 m/s)
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 5th Long jump 8.01 m
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 4th Long jump 8.04 m
2nd Triple jump 16.95 m
African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 2nd Long jump 8.45 m w
2nd Triple jump 16.67 m w
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 3rd Long jump 7.99 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 5th Long jump 8.19 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd Long jump 8.12 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st Long jump 8.08 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 2nd Long jump 8.24 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 2nd Long jump 8.47 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 3rd Long jump 8.17 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd Long jump 8.08 m
African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 1st Long jump 8.23 m
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 1st Triple jump 17.20 m
African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 2nd Long Jump 8.02 m
1st Triple Jump 17.03 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 13th (q) Long Jump 7.98 m
9th Triple jump 16.81 m

Personal bests[edit]

  • Long jump – 8.50 m (2009) – national record.[4]
  • Triple jump – 17.25 m (2005) – national record.[4]
  • High jump – 2.10 m (2001)

Family Response[edit]

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."