CAPE TOWN – It was a glorious moment in the history of South African sport, let alone athletics: Luvo Manyonga receiving his gold medal on Sunday night for winning the long jump at the IAAF World Championships in London.
Manyonga was flanked by his mate from Paarl, Ruswahl Samaai, who took the bronze in Saturday night’s epic long jump competition at the London Stadium.
The champion leaped to a superb 8.48m, with Samaai ending third in 8.32m. They were separated by American Jarrion Lawson, who jumped 8.44m.
But on Sunday night, it was a special occasion when Manyonga received the gold medal, and true to form for the charismatic 26-year-old, he did the “dab” a few times!
Once that gold medal was around his neck, it was time for Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika to ring around London Stadium. Even though the recording that the organisers played was a bit too “musical” and fast, it was still a time for South African hearts to swell with pride.
Well done, Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai, sons of the Mzansi soil!