Luvo Manyonga leapt to a new South African record with a first attempt of 8.62m. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez
Olympic long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga leapt to a new South African record with a first attempt of 8.62m at the Athletics Gauteng North Championships in Pretoria on Friday.

Manyonga launched the mammoth leap on his first attempt, improving Khotso Mokoena's record by 12 centimetres.

After the jump, Manyonga did his signature back-flip in celebration.

The jump ranks Manyonga joint 12th on the world all-time list, and it is the biggest distance since June 2009.

Manyonga once again produced an impressive and faultless sequence of jumps of 8.62m, 8.29m, 8.34m and 8.34m before he retired due to an ankle niggle.

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