South African long jumper Luvo Manyonga once again showed his ability to bounce back after he took the gold medal in the men’s long jump at the IAAF World Championships in London on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old could only manage a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio when he was beaten to the gold right at the end of the competition, but it wasn’t to be this time around, with his second jump of 8.48m enough to give him the win.
The former crystal methamphetamine addict said afterwards that he was particularly nervous towards the end of the final, and the memories of last year’s defeat came back to him and he was convinced that there was going to be a repeat of the defeat on Saturday.
His gold medal rounded off a memorable long jump final for the South African men in London after Ruswahl Samaai put in a massive performance of his own to take the bronze medal with a final jump of 8.32m.
The attentions will now be turning back towards the track, with both Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk yet to run in any finals, despite Semenya breezing into the final of the women’s 1500m on Saturday night too.