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Jacques Freitag, a former world high jump champion aged 42, was found dead near Zandfontein cemetery in Andeon within the Hercules policing precinct on Monday afternoon. He had been missing for two weeks. According to Netwerk24, Freitag sustained several gunshot wounds.

Jacques Freitag’s body discovered by the police

Police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili, without identifying Freitag, confirmed that a missing person’s case initiated in Hercules has now escalated to a murder investigation following the discovery of the body.
 Muridili elaborated that the police search and rescue team, which included members from the air wing with a police helicopter, the water wing, and local police, found the body during their search efforts. She mentioned that the deceased’s family has not yet formally identified the body.
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The police have not made any arrests so far but are pursuing various leads in their investigation.

Jacques Freitag has been missing for two weeks.

Freitag’s family reported him missing, stating he was last seen in Booysens, Pretoria West, on June 17, wearing a black jacket and jeans. The missing person report was made after his sister discovered that the former champion was not at home in Witbank.

Jacques Freitag’s accomplishments in High Jump

Jacques Freitag is one of only ten athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior levels of an athletic event. The list includes Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, and Kirani James. Freitag grew up in Gauteng, and his mother was a national high jump champion, so he followed in her footsteps.
In early 2002, at the young age of 19, Jacques Freitag set an African record by clearing 2.37 meters. His success continued into 2003, when he triumphed at the World Championships in Paris with a jump of 2.35 meters, making him the first African male to secure a world title in a field event. This victory was soon followed by Hestrie Cloete, his fellow countrywoman, who won the women’s high jump, creating a significant achievement for South Africa in the sport.

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Freitag participated in his first Olympic Games in 2004 but unfortunately did not advance to the finals. However, he came back stronger in 2005, setting a new African record with a jump of 2.38 meters, a record that remains unbroken.

Despite facing numerous challenges both on and off the track in the later stages of his career, Freitag continued to compete until 2013.

By Letho