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Mokoena takes second spot in Diamond League

By Mark Etheridge

Olympian Khotso Mokoena went some way to making up for the disappointment of only ending seventh in the recent IAAF World Championships when he ended runner-up in Thursday night’s Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.

The 2008 Olympic silver medallist led the DF Galan competition with a jump of 8.03 metres before being overtaken by Russia’s newly crowned world champion Aleksandr Menkov.

The Russian only had a best of 7.77m to his credit after two jumps but a third effort saw him land at 8.06m.

Mokoena then also upped his own game with a return of 8.06 in his fifth attempt but in vain as Menkov had just leapt 8.18 before sitting out the final two rounds. This after going on record the previous day as saying just how much his epic world championship win had taken out of him.

Also in field event action were Mokoena’s world championship colleagues Sunette Viljoen and Victor Hogan.

Viljoen was again off her best, with her top effort failing to break the 60m barrier (59.45) as Russia’s Maria Abakumova’s 68.59 was best of the javeliners on the night. The top four women all threw over 60m.

It also wasn’t a great night for Hogan after the high of ending fifth in the discus. He stepped out of the ring on each of his three throws and failed to register a distance.