But then again, ours is a country more obsessed with ultra-running and therefore Mokoka’s feats in the shorter road races and middle distances on the track have generally gone uncelebrated. It is perhaps this lack of recognition for the superstar he is that the tiny athlete has taken to generally running overseas.
In Asia, for example, he is adored so much that he is an ever-present at the Shanghai Marathon with organisers aware of his star quality and always inviting him.
Mokoka only got back to racing 42.2km locally last year when the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon invited him. That IAAF Gold Label status race also doubled as the SA Marathon Championships, meaning the local athletes were also racing for places in the national team.
He sprinted to victory in 2hr 08min 31sec and in the process smashed the course record with such a consummate effort he could probably have gone for another run with new competition and still blown them out the water.