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Godfrey Khotso Mokoena

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Country  South Africa
Role  Athlete
Sport  Athletics
Height  1.90 m

Event(s)  Long jump
Weight  73 kg
Name  Godfrey Mokoena
Parents  Phakiso Mokoena
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Born  March 6, 1985 (age 30) (1985-03-06)
Education  Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
Olympic medals  Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump
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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.


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Early Life and Family

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

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


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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. It was a very successful transition. In 2008, he won the long jump at the world indoor championships and silver at the Olympic games.

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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.

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

Personal bests

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  • Long jump – 8.50 m (2009) NR
  • Triple jump – 17.35 m (2005) NR
  • High jump – 2.10 m (2001)
  • Family Response

    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."


    Godfrey Khotso Mokoena Wikipedia

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