SEMENYA AND MANYONGA SHINE IN BRUSSELS

 
Updated: September 9, 2016

Luvo Manyonga won the men’s long jump at the final track and field meeting of the season (photo credit: Reg Caldecott)


Olympic medallists Caster Semenya and Luvo Manyonga capped a spectacular 2016 track and field season in Brussels on Friday evening, with both athletes earning victories at the second of two finals in the annual IAAF Diamond League series.

Semenya delivered a late surge to secure her first Diamond League victory over the 400m distance in 50.40, bettering her personal best of 50.74 set at the ASA Senior Championships in Stellenbosch in April.

Courtney Okolo of the United States took second place in 50.51, with Commonwealth champion Stephenie McPherson of Jamaica awarded the same time in third.

With her lone performance in the 400m event, Semenya scooped 20 points to settle in third place in the Diamond League series standings, after lifting the 800m crown at the first final in Zurich last week.

In the men’s long jump, Manyonga earned a convincing win with a career record of 8.48m with his fifth attempt, sailing more than 30cm clear of Australian athlete Fabrice Lapierre (8.17m).

Manyonga also took third overall in the series in his discipline with his victory, as Lapierre won the campaign with 36 points.

National record holder Carina Horn earned fifth place in the women’s 100m event in 11.14, with Jamaican speedster Elaine Thompson winning the short dash in 10.72 to equal the meeting record.

Thompson won the series with 50 points, while Horn ended fourth in the overall standings in her favoured disciplines with 11 points.

Wenda Nel, completing the SA contingent in Brussels, finished sixth in the women’s 400m hurdles race in 55.41.

Cassandra Tate of the United States won the race in 54.47 to secure the series title with 50 points, and Nel ended fourth overall in the campaign with 18 points.