Ruswahl Samaai kept the South African flag flying at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich on Thursday night with a second-place finish.
World championship bronze medallist Samaai showed all his fighting spirit to leap to 8.20m in the fourth round, having had a no-jump with his second effort.
The Paarl athlete was unable to improve on his distance, though, but he will be delighted to have ended up behind Cuban sensation Juan Miguel Echevarria.
The 21-year-old, who is the current indoor world champion, proved that he will be one of the favourites for the outdoor title in Doha next month with a magnificent jump of 8.65m.
That was just 3cm short of his personal best, and secured him three other accolades – a Diamond League record, meeting record and a world lead.