05 July 2018. Team SA athlete Keolebogile ‘Keo‘ Mokolopo won a Silver Medal for South Africa yesterday, Keo along with Malusi Tumtumana represented the country at the 2018 World Jump Rope Championships organised by the World Jump Rope Federation. The World Championships are being held at the CFE Arena, University of Central Florida (USA) from the 01st – 10th July 2018.
The World Jump Rope Championships saw over 900 athletes from about over 30 countries competing, and in Day 3, South Africa won her silver Medal.
On Day 1 the 02 July 2018, Team SA duo Keo and Malusi competed in the Single Rope Pairs Double-Unders 2X30 (Senior X Open), the pair came 11th place with a scoring of 256. The gymnasts also competed in the Single Rope Individual Speed 30 secs, where Malusi, who competed in the Senior Men 17-18 & Younger age group and Keo, who competed in the Senior F 30 & Older age group, came 20th and 10th overall respectively.
On Day 2 the 02 July 2018, the pair competed in the Single Rope Three Minute Speed 1 x 180 event. Both athletes made it to the Top Ten for this event, Malusi who finished in 10th place overall; a remarkable achievement for this young skipper in his debut World Jump Rope Championships. Malusi finished in 24th place for his Single Rope Triple Unders.
Watch Malusi Tumtumana: 3 Minutes highlights
In the 3 minute speed, Keo placed 4th overall just missing the bronze medal.
Watch Keo: 3 Minutes highlights
On Day 3, the Team competed in the Single Rope Individual Freestyle event. Malusi came 23rd overall and Keo managed to secure a silver medal in this event. This brings Keo’s tally of World medals to three, a remarkable achievement and one we are very proud of.
Upon winning her World Jump Rope Championships medal, she had this to say “I feel great, I am over the moon. To have a medal again for South Africa is amazing. The love Malusi and I have been getting from home kept us going. I am glad an African dream was not shuttered.”