Long jump ace Luvo Manyonga breaks SA Indoor record in Paris


PARIS, February 8 – Paris may be covered in a blanket of snow, but South Africa’s world champion Luvo Manyonga was red-hot as he won the first indoor competition of his career on Wednesday, setting a new South African record with a jump of 8.32m.

Manyonga adapted well to the new surroundings. The long jumper opened his series with a world-leading 8.23m and later improved to 8.32m -smashing the previous SA record by 14 centimetres – with his penultimate attempt of the night.

Miltiadis Tentoglou finished a distant second with a best of 7.89m.

The Olympic silver medallist’s winning jump ranks him second on the African indoor all-time list, just four centimetres shy of the continental record set in 2006 by Ignisious Gaisah.

Meanwhile double world silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou was the top performer on the track.

The Ivory Coast sprinter won a quality women’s 60m in a season’s best of 7.12, finishing 0.02 ahead of Jamaica’s Remona Burchell.

– African News Agency (ANA)