Long jumper Mokoena hangs up his spikes

The 31-year-old jumped 16.51m which didn’t see him progress to the final as he finished 21st overall.

Olympic long jump medalist Khotso Mokoena prepares to take a jump during training at the University of the Johannesburg athletics field. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South African triple jumper Khotso Mokoena has announced that he's to retire following his failure to progress out of the qualifying rounds for his event at the Rio Olympics.

The 31-year-old jumped 16.51m which didn't see him progress to the final as he finished 21st overall.

Mokoena, affectionately knows as 'Croc', was the only South African medallist in Beijing 2008, winning silver in the long jump. He will now turn his attention to his foundation.

Mokoena also won World Indoor and Commonwealth Games titles in 2008 and 2014 respectively in his decorated career. He also achieved a variety of other international medals and held the South African national long jump of 8.50m and triple jump at 17.35m records before announcing his retirement.

He says that he's enthusiastic about the prospect of long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga and noted his willingness to help all upcoming athletes in the future.

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