JOHANNESBURG – Luvo Manyonga returned to the top of the podium at the scene of his greatest achievements winning the long-jump competition at the London Diamond League meeting over the weekend.
The world champion and national 100m record-holder Akani Simbine won their respective events making it the first double gold for South Africa in a Diamond League meeting this year.
Manyonga bounced back from an ankle injury he picked up in Lausanne to leap to a season’s best of 8.37 metres with compatriot Ruswahl Samaai bagging bronze with a jump of 8.11m.
Jamaican Tajay Gayle took an early lead with a personal-best leap of 8.32m before Manyonga produced his winning jump with his penultimate attempt.
“I was a little scared, and I was holding back at the start,” said Manyonga. “I needed to test my ankle as I was not sure I could handle it, but I told myself just to jump because this is where I was crowned world champion (in 2017).”