JOHANNESBURG – Four South African athletes will be competing at the first Diamond League final in Zurich where they will be looking to claim the overall title today.
The team will be spearheaded by world long-jump champion Luvo Manyonga who will aim to claim his third consecutive Diamond Trophy. The feat would make him the most successful long jumper in the history of the series as no athlete has won more than two overall titles in the event. He will share the sandpit with African champion Ruswahl Samaai and former Commonwealth Games silver medallist Zarck Visser, who boasts a world-leading jump of 8.41m.
Manyonga faces possibly his biggest challenge of the last three seasons in the form of Cuban phenom Juan Miguel Echevarria. Echevarria leads the long-jump competition after topping the podium at two Diamond League meetings this season.
Manyonga has had to play second fiddle to Echevarria whenever they have competed - he won the London Diamond League title in the absence of the Cuban.
Still cooking 🥘 something special pic.twitter.com/p5Dxkv8q9U— Luvo manyonga (@lvjumper7) August 20, 2019