South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga wins London Diamond League long jump
London, July 20, 2019 (AltAfrica)-World long jump champion Luvo Manyonga of South Africa set a season’s best distance of 8.37 metres to win the men’s event at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London on Saturday.
Manyonga, who made an opening jump of 8.11 metres, finished ahead of Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle (8.32m) and compatriot Ruswahl Samaai (8.11m).
Jamaica’s Gayle managed to record a personal best with his jump.
Highly-rated 20-year-old Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarría, the world indoor champion, did not compete at the event.
Olympic silver medalist Manyonga has previously stated that he believes he has the ability to better the world record by American Mike Powell 28 years ago of 8.95 metres. His personal best stands at 8.65 metres.