Manyonga wins in Stockholm, De Grasse runs 9.69


South Africa’s Olympic silver medallist Luvo Manyonga won the men’s long jump at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Manyonga claimed the win with an 8.36m effort.

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Luvo Manyonga leaps through the air on the way to victory in the Diamond League in Stockholm on Sunday. Photo: Jessica Gow, TT News Agency via ReutersAndre de Grasse of Canada poses with the timing board after running 9.69 for the 100m, but it was wind-assisted. Photo: Anders Wiklund, TT News Agency via Reuters

Manyonga has already set a new African record in the long jump this season with a leap of 8.65m.

Countryman Ruswahl Samaai took second with 8.29m, while Khotso Mokoena finished sixth with a best attempt of 7.98m.

On the track, 110m hurdler Antonio Alkana was disqualified for a false start, while LJ van Zyl finished last in the 400m hurdles.

Meanwhile, Canadian sprinter Andre de Grasse breezed to victory in the 100m, with a strong wind powering him to a blistering 9.69 seconds.

The 22-year-old De Grasse, seen as the sprinting heir to Usain Bolt when the great Jamaican calls it quits at the London world championships in August, would have been celebrating a personal best had the wind of +4.8m/s not exceeded the permitted limit of +2.0m/s.

It was a third successive Diamond League win for De Grasse, whose personal best remains the 9.91 he ran to win bronze at last year’s Rio Olympics.

Ivory Coast’s Ben Youssef Meite was second on Sunday in 9.84, with Ryan Shields of Jamaica in third on 9.89.

“It’s great to sprint in such conditions, you cannot dream of any better,” said the Canadian. “Before I came here, I was told that it might be a bit cold, but when I warmed up, I realised that I could set a good time.

Andre de Grasse in full cry alongside Ben Youssef Meite. Photo: Anders Wiklund, TT News Agency via Reuters

“I am very happy to have won despite the wind. I feel that I’m improving year after year. But these are only preparations for the big show of the worlds.

“That’s the fastest I’ve ever run, it’s going to be a shock to the body. Tomorrow’s going to hurt a little bit, but I’m just looking forward to the next race and see what I can do legally.”

Elsewhere, Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya won the men’s 1 500m in a world-leading time of 3min 30.77.

His compatriot and triple world champion Asbel Kiprop was fourth in 3:33.17, with Bahrain’s Alsadik Mikhou (3:31.49) and Ethiopia’s Aman Wote (3:31.63) filling the spaces in between.

In the women’s events, Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure edged the 200m with a winning time of 22.68, ahead of Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel and Rebekka Haase of Germany.

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, silver medallist in Rio, won the 800m as she made the most of the absence of two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya, who had won in Oslo on Friday.

African News Agency (ANA), AFP

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