Luvo Manyonga punches the air on Sunday night after receiving his gold medal. Photo: Reuters
Luvo Manyonga punches the air on Sunday night after receiving his gold medal. Photo: Reuters
And let's do the dab! Photo: Reuters
And let's do the dab! Photo: Reuters
Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai on Saturday night after finishing first and third. Photo: Xinhua
Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai on Saturday night after finishing first and third. Photo: Xinhua
Jarrion Lawson, Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai show off their medals. Photo: EPA
Jarrion Lawson, Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai show off their medals. Photo: EPA
Ruswahl Samaai in action during the long jump final. Photo: AP
Ruswahl Samaai in action during the long jump final. Photo: AP
Luvo Manyonga flies through the air during the long jump final. Photo: EPA
Luvo Manyonga flies through the air during the long jump final. Photo: EPA
Ruswahl Samaai reacts during the competition on Saturday night. Photo: Reuters
Ruswahl Samaai reacts during the competition on Saturday night. Photo: Reuters
Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai enjoy the moment of winning medals. Photo: EPA
Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai enjoy the moment of winning medals. Photo: EPA

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!


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