LONDON, England, July 16 – South African long jumper Luvo Manyonga said he was “in a good space” at the inaugural Athletics World Cup at the London Stadium, England, on Sunday.
The world champion, with his four jumps of 8.51m, 8.48m, 8.50m, and 8.50m, were all within 3 centimeters of each other.
His first jump was more than sufficient for the victory – a comfortable 21cms further than Zack Bazile’s best effort for the United States of America.
“I have good memories of this stadium and again the crowd was great,” said Manyonga.
“The new set-up is quite exciting. The distance came out and I am happy. I got four legal jumps so I am in a good space.”
Besides Manyonga’s achievements, Rikenette Steenkamp was the star in the women’s 100m hurdles, stopping the clock at 12.88 and ending South Africa’s long wait for 8 points in a track event this weekend.
Steenkamp admitted she “came into this, not as a favorite, but still not counting [herself] out”, as well as backing the format of the World Athletics Cup with her assertion that she needs “this type of competition to push her”.
– African News Agency (ANA)