South African Godfrey Khotso Mokoena won the men’s long jump in a season’s best of 8.19m to crown a spectacular season with the diamond trophy at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday.
Khotso Mokoena, who this year has won the Commonwealth Games and African titles in triple jump, again highlighted his versatility, securing the third Diamond League victory of his career and his second win of the season at the final leg of the top-flight track and field series in the Belgian capital.
Mokoena, a former Olympic silver medallist, finished top of the Diamond League standings in the men’s long jump discipline with the win, while fellow South African and African champion long jump champion, Zarck Visser, finished eighth with a best effort of 7.79m.
Elsewhere on the field, another South African Sunette Viljoen came second in the women’s javelin throw with a best heave of 64.30m. World record holder Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic was well clear, winning with a 67.99m effort.
Andre Olivier took eighth place in the men’s 1 000m race, in 2:18.11, with European 800m champion Adam Kszczot of Poland winning the race in 2:15.72. Wenda Nel finished ninth in the women’s 400m hurdles race in 55.61 secs, well behind Jamaican Kaliese Spencer who won in 54.12 secs.