Records tumble in Pretoria

Updated: March 17, 2017

Luvo Manyonga, seen here competing at the recent ASA Speed Series meeting in Bloemfontein, is the new national long jump record holder (photo credit: Roger Sedres/Image SA)

Luvo Manyonga made history on Friday by breaking the national long jump record, while teenager Sokwakhana Zazini set a new world youth 400m hurdles best on the opening day of the Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) Championships in Pretoria.
The TuksSport athlete, who earned silver at last year’s Rio Olympics, delivered a best attempt of 8.62m to secure the provincial title.
He smashed the South African and African mark, which was set by fellow Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena in Madrid in July 2009, by 14 centimetres.
Manyonga bettered his own career record, set in Brussels in September last year, by 14cm.
Again showing consistency, after an impressive series of jumps at the ASA Speed Series meeting in Bloemfontein last week, he leaped beyond 8.30m with all four of his legal attempts in Pretoria.
With this performance, Manyonga joined Jamaican athlete James Beckford in a tie for 12th place in the all-time world rankings, and stuck up his hand as one of the early favourites for the IAAF World Championships in London in August.
Zazini, meanwhile, clocked 48.84 to win the Under-18 men’s one-lap hurdles final.
The 16-year-old Tuks Sport High School student took 0.17 off the 10-year-old world youth best of 49.01 previously held by American athlete William Wynne.
While fellow South African LJ van Zyl clocked 48.89 at the age of 16 to win the world junior title in 2002, his performance was not considered for record purposes as he was competing in an U-20 event.