Godfrey Khotso MOKOENA

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    South Africa South Africa
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    06 MAR 1985
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    184678
Godfrey Khotso Mokoena  (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 10.7h +0.6 Roodepoort (RSA) 10 JAN 2009
150 Metres 16.85 +0.9 Cape Town (RSA) 17 DEC 2011
High Jump 2.10 Rustenburg (RSA) 31 MAR 2001
Long Jump 8.50 +1.3 Madrid (ESP) 04 JUL 2009
Triple Jump 17.35 +0.2 Marrakesh (MAR) 14 SEP 2014

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 22.60 Nastola (FIN) 10 FEB 2013
Long Jump 8.18 Paris (FRA) 23 FEB 2007
Triple Jump 16.22 Stockholm (SWE) 20 FEB 2007

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 7.89 +1.8 Paarl (RSA) 22 MAR 2018
Triple Jump 17.09 +2.7 Pretoria (RSA) 16 MAR 2018

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Long Jump 7.53 Birmingham (GBR) 02 MAR 2018
Triple Jump 16.07 Liévin (FRA) 13 FEB 2018

Outdoor

150 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2011 16.85 +0.9 Cape Town (RSA) 17 DEC 2011

Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2002 2.10 Boksburg (RSA) 28 FEB 2002
2001 2.10 Rustenburg (RSA) 31 MAR 2001

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2018 7.89 +1.8 Paarl (RSA) 22 MAR 2018
2017 8.19 +1.0 Weinheim (GER) 27 MAY 2017
2015 8.16 +1.0 Rabat (MAR) 14 JUN 2015
2014 8.19 -0.3 Bruxelles (BEL) 05 SEP 2014
2013 8.30 +1.9 Bad Langensalza (GER) 15 JUN 2013
2012 8.29 0.0 Pretoria (RSA) 20 APR 2012
2011 8.25 +0.7 Paris (FRA) 08 JUL 2011
2010 8.23 -2.4 Nairobi (KEN) 29 JUL 2010
2009 8.50 +1.3 Madrid (ESP) 04 JUL 2009
2008 8.25 +0.8 Stellenbosch (RSA) 14 MAR 2008
2007 8.34 -0.1 Tshwane (RSA) 09 MAR 2007
2006 8.39 +1.7 Lapinlahti (FIN) 16 JUL 2006
2005 8.37 +1.0 Johannesburg (RSA) 23 APR 2005
2004 8.09 +0.7 Grosseto (ITA) 14 JUL 2004
2003 7.84 +1.3 Potchefstroom (RSA) 31 JAN 2003
2002 7.82 0.0 Pretoria (RSA) 15 JUN 2002
2001 7.17 +0.3 Rustenburg (RSA) 31 MAR 2001

Outdoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2017 16.55 -0.5 Pretoria (RSA) 02 DEC 2017
2016 16.77 +1.7 Durban (RSA) 25 JUN 2016
2015 16.85 +0.5 Kuortane (FIN) 08 AUG 2015
2014 17.35 +0.2 Marrakesh (MAR) 14 SEP 2014
2007 16.75 +0.8 Secunda (RSA) 26 JAN 2007
2006 16.95 +0.7 Melbourne (AUS) 25 MAR 2006
2005 17.25 +1.3 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2005
2004 16.96 +1.7 Bloemfontein (RSA) 03 APR 2004
2003 16.28 +0.3 Abuja (NGR) 11 OCT 2003
2002 16.03 +0.7 Pretoria (RSA) 14 SEP 2002

Indoor

200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012/13 22.60 Nastola (FIN) 10 FEB 2013

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2017/18 7.53 Birmingham (GBR) 02 MAR 2018
2016/17 8.05 Karlsruhe (GER) 04 FEB 2017
2012/13 8.15 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2013
2011/12 8.04 Moskva (RUS) 05 FEB 2012
2010/11 7.91 Stuttgart (GER) 05 FEB 2011
2009/10 8.08 Doha (QAT) 13 MAR 2010
2008/09 7.92 Glasgow (GBR) 31 JAN 2009
2007/08 8.08 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008
2006/07 8.18 Paris (FRA) 23 FEB 2007
2005/06 8.01 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006
2004/05 7.94 Tampere (FIN) 12 FEB 2005

Indoor

Triple Jump

Performance Place Date
2017/18 16.07 Liévin (FRA) 13 FEB 2018
2012/13 15.68 Jyväskylä (FIN) 16 FEB 2013
2006/07 16.22 Stockholm (SWE) 20 FEB 2007

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Long Jump 8.24 0.0 Beijing (CHN) 18 AUG 2008
8. Long Jump 7.93 -2.3 London (GBR) 04 AUG 2012

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Long Jump 8.47 +0.1 Berlin (GER) 22 AUG 2009
5. Long Jump 8.19 -0.1 Osaka (JPN) 30 AUG 2007
7. Long Jump 8.10 +0.4 Moskva (RUS) 16 AUG 2013
7. Long Jump 8.11 +2.6 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.08 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008
2. Long Jump 8.08 Doha (QAT) 13 MAR 2010
5. Long Jump 8.01 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 17.35 +0.2 Marrakesh (MAR) 14 SEP 2014

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 16.77 -0.3 Grosseto (ITA) 18 JUL 2004
2. Long Jump 8.09 +0.7 Grosseto (ITA) 14 JUL 2004

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 17.03 +0.8 Marrakesh (MAR) 13 AUG 2014
1. Long Jump 8.23 -2.4 Nairobi (KEN) 29 JUL 2010
2. Long Jump 8.02 +1.8 Marrakesh (MAR) 11 AUG 2014
2. Triple Jump 16.67 +3.6 Bambous (MRI) 12 AUG 2006
2. Long Jump 8.45 +4.2 Bambous (MRI) 09 AUG 2006
3. Triple Jump 16.77 +1.7 Durban (RSA) 25 JUN 2016

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 16.28 +0.3 Abuja (NGR) 11 OCT 2003
3. Long Jump 7.99 +0.6 Algiers (ALG) 22 JUL 2007
3. Long Jump 7.83 +0.2 Abuja (NGR) 14 OCT 2003

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.19 -0.3 Bruxelles (BEL) 05 SEP 2014
1. Long Jump 8.09 +1.2 Stockholm (SWE) 21 AUG 2014
1. Long Jump 8.08 +1.1 Oslo (NOR) 09 JUN 2011

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Long Jump 8.17 +0.2 Thessaloniki (GRE) 13 SEP 2009
3. Long Jump 8.12 +0.1 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Long Jump 8.33 +1.0 Berlin (GER) 14 JUN 2009

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 17.20 -0.1 Glasgow (GBR) 02 AUG 2014
2. Triple Jump 16.95 +0.7 Melbourne (AUS) 25 MAR 2006
4. Long Jump 8.04 +0.4 Melbourne (AUS) 22 MAR 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 17.09 +2.7 Pretoria (RSA) 16 MAR 2018
1. Triple Jump 16.63 +1.5 Stellenbosch (RSA) 18 APR 2015
1. Triple Jump 16.68 +0.3 Pretoria (RSA) 12 APR 2014
1. Long Jump 8.29 +3.2 Durban (RSA) 09 APR 2011
1. Long Jump 8.01 -0.4 Durban (RSA) 20 MAR 2010
1. Long Jump 8.21 +2.3 Stellenbosch (RSA) 13 MAR 2009
1. Long Jump 8.16 +2.0 Durban (RSA) 17 MAR 2007
1. Long Jump 7.98 +2.6 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 10 FEB 2006
1. Triple Jump 16.77 +2.2 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 10 FEB 2006
1. Triple Jump 17.25 +1.3 Durban (RSA) 16 APR 2005
1. Long Jump 8.26 +2.2 Durban (RSA) 15 APR 2005
1. Triple Jump 16.40 -0.1 Durban (RSA) 17 APR 2004
Results in:

Long Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
08 MAR 2018 Pretoria Athletix Grand Prix Series RSARSA E F 4. 7.49 +0.3
22 MAR 2018 Paarl Athletix Grand Prix Series RSARSA E F 4. 7.89 +1.8

Long Jump Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
02 MAR 2018 Birmingham IAAF World Indoor Championships GBRGBR GW F 14. 7.53

Triple Jump

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
16 MAR 2018 Pretoria South African Ch. RSARSA B F 1. 17.09 +2.7

Triple Jump Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
08 FEB 2018 Madrid Indoor Meeting ESPESP A F 10. 15.94
13 FEB 2018 Liévin Meeting hauts de france pas de calais FRAFRA D F 6. 16.07


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Updated 24 July 2009

Khotso Godfrey MOKOENA, South Africa (Long Jump/Triple Jump)
Born 6 March 1985, Ratanda, Heidelberg (60km east of Johannesburg) 
1.90m / 72kg
The first of 2 children (he has a younger sister)
Based in Pretoria and registered with Athletics Gauteng North 

A meeting in Helsinki with his idol, Mike Powell, the Long Jump World record holder, provided an unforgettable moment to be cherished for the rest of his life for South Africa’s record breaking horizontal jumper, Khotso Godfrey Mokoena. But such is Mokoena’s ambition that he hopes one day to exceed the 8.95 Powell jumped at the 1991 Tokyo World Championships and become World record holder himself.

Yet it was as a triple jumper that Mokoena made his first big global impression, winning the World Junior title in Grosseto, Italy, in 2004. At the same championships, he took the silver medal in the Long Jump behind Italy’s future (2007) senior World runner-up Andrew Howe.

Growing up in Ratanda, after casual participation in football and basketball, Mokoena had his initial contact with athletics at age of 13. And it was while he was at the nearby Nigel High School that his exceptional talent was spotted and developed by a female teacher and coach, Elna de Beer.

Mokoena started his international career as a high jumper at the 2001 World Youth Championships (7th, 2.10). Then, switching events, he qualified for the Long Jump Final at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica (7.47q, 7.08 for 12th in Final) and took up the Triple Jump in September, recording a national youth and junior record (16.03) just five days after having first attempted it in training.

Between 2002 and 2006, Mokoena rewrote the South African record book with new youth, junior and senior records in both horizontal jumps. In 2003 he doubled at the All Africa Games, in Abuja, Nigeria, winning two medals. He took the silver in the Triple Jump, with a PB 16.28m, and bronze in the Long Jump with a low-altitude PB 7.83. He went from there to the inaugural Afro-Asian Games, in Hyderabad, India, two weeks later and collected two more medals, both bronze, with less distinguished performances (7.76 /15.92).

In the 2004 World Junior Championships, Mokoena’s gold was achieved with 16.77 (low-altitude PB) and his silver in the Long Jump with a PB and South African junior record 8.09. At the Athens Olympics, contesting only the Triple Jump, he failed to reach the Final.

In 2005 Mokoena long jumped better than 8 metres on nine occasions, including an 8.37 altitude PB at the national university championships and a windy 8.11 for 7th at the World Championships in Helsinki (he did not contest the Triple Jump). In the Triple Jump he set a national record 17.25 at the SA Championships in Durban.

In 2006, Mokoena’s highlights included the new national Long Jump record of 8.39, set in Lapinlahti, Finland, as well as Triple Jump silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (16.95) and the African Championships in Mauritius (16.67w). 

After changing his technique, Mokoena decided to concentrate mainly on the Long Jump leading up to 2008. He started 2007 with a few outstanding indoor victories – 8.18 in Paris and 8.13 in Birmingham – before winning in Pretoria (8.34), Osaka (8.18w) and Dakar (8.32w).  At the All Africa Games, in Algiers in July, he struggled with his run-up and had to settle for third.   

As a student in Potchefstroom, he came into frequent contact with some of the world’s athletics stars, many of whom – especially Europeans – used the town for training. He attended North-West University, Potchefstroom, but lost interest and concentrated more on athletics, returning during 2007 to the Johannesburg area. He is now based in Pretoria.

Owen van Niekerk had taken over from De Beer as Mokoena’s coach when it proved difficult for De Beer to continue because she was at Nigel and he was at Potchefstroom, 150k apart. Van Niekerk was adamant that Mokoena had the talent to become the world’s best long jumper.

Some observers questioned whether the athlete should continue to compete in both jumps and Mokoena said: “At this stage I feel pretty confident that I can do both quite successfully. But it is not easy and is becoming more difficult as time progresses.” And, as he concentrated on the Long Jump leading up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he has not competed in Triple Jump since February 2007.

Although enjoying reasonable success, 2007 was not Mokoena’s best year. He did impressively well in the qualifying rounds of the All Africa Games, in Algiers, and the World Championships, in Osaka, but he failed to build on it and had to settle for third and fifth place in the Finals. However, his year best of 8.34 was 5th best in the world. He also set a new national indoor record of 8.18 in Paris for his only international victory of the year.

Late in 2007 Mokoena parted with van Niekerk and, after a brief spell with his Finnish manager, joined forces with Angus Pohl as new coach. But they parted, too, less than two months before Beijing.               

Mokoena started 2008 well by winning the World Indoor title in Valencia but, at the National Championships a week later in Stellenbosch, he most unexpectedly lost his national crown to Keenan Watson (20) who exceeded himself with a wind-assisted 8.26. It was Watson’s first ever jump beyond 8 metres and 1cm better than Mokoena’s legal 8.25.

Starting the European season on a high note with a windy 8.35 victory in Hengelo, since then Mokoena was consistent between 8.00 and 8.20 with good placings (2nd, 3rd twice 5th) in Golden League meetings, making him positive about his visit to Beijing. “I am ready and looking forward to it, although I know that my first and most important task is to get into the Final,” he said, adding that he had never been so excited about a major event. 

And Mokena certainly rose to the occasion, claiming silver behind Panama’s Irving Saladino with 8.24. Although coaching uncertainty played a major role at the time, a cool head enabled him to rise above it all to such an extent that he became his country’s sole medal winner in China. 

Afterwards he sat down with a panel of coaching experts, including his original coach, Elna de Beer, and managed to get his career on course again.

With his visit to the Beijing Olympics still fresh in mind, he took Europe by storm in 2009 with more confidence than ever in his career. After jumping 8.33m at three consecutive meetings in Europe and sending out signals that his own national record of 8.39 was in danger, he arrived in Spain. His visit to Madrid on 4 July 2009 would prove to be one of his highlights. The result, although he did not win, was super special because his 8.50m also eclipsed the African record held by Cheikh Toure of Senegal since 1997, by 4 cm.

On the eve of Berlin Mokoena has reason to approach the global championships with more confidence than before.             

With his determination and capacity to remain cool in difficult circumstances, it is little wonder that Mokoena is proving popular as a motivational speaker. Although only 24, already he has addressed teachers and children at various schools. From his early earnings in athletics, he has bought a laptop computer that he uses during lectures. Away from the track and speaking-room, Mokoena likes to spend his time reading and listening to gospel music.

Personal Bests
Long Jump: 8.50 (2009)/8.18i (2007)
Triple Jump: 17.25 (2005)

Yearly Progression
Long Jump/Triple Jump: 2000: 6.66m / --; 2001: 7.17 / --; 2002: 7.82/ 16.03; 2003: 7.84 /16.28; 2004: 8.09 /16.96; 2005: 8.37/17.25; 2006: 8.39/16.95; 2007: 8.34/16.75; 2008: 8.25 (8.35w)/---;   2009:  8.50m.

Career Highlights
2001       5th    World Youth Championships (High Jump)
2002    12th     World Junior Championships (Long Jump)
2003      2nd     All Africa Games (Triple Jump)
2003      3rd     All Africa Games (Long Jump)
2003      3rd     Afro-Asian Games (Long Jump)
2003      3rd     Afro-Asian Games (Triple Jump)
2004      1st     World Junior Championships (Triple Jump)
2004      2nd     World Junior Championships (Long Jump)
2004      14qB    Olympic Games (Triple Jump)
2005      7th     World Championships (Long Jump)
2006      2nd     Commonwealth Games (Triple Jump)
2006      4th     Commonwealth Games (Long Jump)
2006      5th     World Indoor Championships (Long Jump)
2006      2nd     African Championships (Long Jump)
2007      3rd     All Africa Games (Long Jump)
2007      5th     World Championships (Long Jump)
2007      3rd     World Athletics Final (Long Jump)
2008      1st      World Indoor Championships (Long Jump)
2008      2nd     Olympic Games (Long Jump)

Prepared by Gert le Roux for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright  IAAF 2006-2009.