Manyonga gives long jump record a shake

Updated: May 13, 2017

​Luvo Manyonga narrowly missed his own national record in Shanghai, China on Saturday, delivering a superb 8.61m leap to win the men’s long jump at the second leg of the IAAF Diamond League series.
He was four centimetres shy of the SA best he set to win the national title in Potchefstroom last month, going beyond 8.40m with three of his six attempts.
He finished well clear of local favourite Gao Xinglong, who ended second with a leap of 8.22m.
With South Africa well represented in the single-leap discipline, Ruswahl Samaai earned fifth spot (8.18m) and Khotso Mokoena took eighth place (7.85m).
In-form athlete LJ van Zyl, the only other SA athlete competing at the meeting, also produced a commendable performance in the men’s 400m hurdles.
Van Zyl, who was third in Doha last week, added another Diamond League podium to his solid season, covering the one-lap race over the barriers in 49.35 seconds.
Bershawn Jackson of the United States stormed to victory in 48.63.
The third of 14 legs in the IAAF Diamond League series will be held in Eugene, Oregon on May 26.