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Former South African High Jump Champion Jacques Freitag Missing

Former South African High Jump Champion Jacques Freitag Missing

Jacques Freitag, former world high jump champion and current national record holder, has gone missing in Gauteng. Freitag, who turned 42 on June 11, was last seen on June 12 when he visited his mother in Bronkhorstspruit. His sister, Chrissie Lewis, has made a public appeal for help in locating him, stating he was last seen being dropped off in a bush in Booysens, Pretoria West.

Freitag, a four-time South African high jump champion, still holds the national record of 2.38 meters set in 2005. He won the gold medal at the 2003 IAAF World Championships with a jump of 2.35 meters. Since retiring from the sport in 2013, Freitag has faced financial difficulties and struggled with addiction, occasionally living on the streets in Pretoria.

Chrissie Lewis reported him missing to the Lyttelton police station and is hopeful for his safe return. Freitag was reportedly picked up by a person offering him a job and was last seen wearing a black jacket and jeans. His phone is off, and anyone with information is urged to contact the police or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Freitag’s family and friends, including notable figures like Wesley Snipes and Sheryl Lee Ralph, are deeply concerned and have taken to social media to raise awareness about his disappearance.

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