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Wed Apr 23 16:33:08 SAST 2014

Khotso promises the real thing

DAVID ISAACSON in London | 16 July, 2012 08:290 Comments
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Khotso Mokoena of South Africa jumps during the long jump final during the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on July 13, 2012 in London, England
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KHOTSO Mokoena heads to Monaco this week intending to hit the world stage with his full might.

The long-jumper wants to unleash his true potential at the final pre-Olympic Diamond League meeting in Monte Carlo on Friday night, coach Hansie Coetzee said after the London Grand Prix, in which the South African finished third with a jump of 8.24m.

Coetzee explained that, since Mokoena had qualified for the Olympics, they had focused more on training rather than competing, saying results had not been important - up until now. "At Monaco we want to actually show our true colours. That's the final test before the Olympics," said Coetzee.

Mokoena, who flew to Italy at the weekend for training before going to Monaco on Wednesday, said he was aiming to break the 8.50m African record at the London Games in his bid for gold.

Caster Semenya is also scheduled to compete in Monaco, where her form will be closely monitored since she has yet to dip below 1min 59sec in the 800m this season.

Also in action this week is Oscar Pistorius, who will take part in a meeting in Lignano, about 50km north of Venice, tomorrow evening.

Most of South Africa 's Olympic swimmers are camping in Monaco at the invitation of Princess Charlene. Their US-based teammates, such as Roland Schoeman and Darian Townsend - the only survivors of SA 's golden 4x100m freestyle team from the 2004 Athens Games - will join them later.

Banyana Banyana are wrapping up their training camp in Germany and will return home in time for the farewell banquet in Johannesburg on Wednesday night. They will fly to London the following day.

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