13 May, 2017

Manyonga leaps to Diamond League record

If Lyles is the sprint man of the future, then Luvo Manyonga is very much the long jump man of the present. The Olympic silver medallist backed up the world lead and African record of 8.65m from three weeks ago with a stunning last round leap of 8.61m in Shanghai.

That was not only a meeting record but the biggest winning jump ever at a Diamond League meeting. Not that Manyonga was satisfied.

The track was really fast and that made it difficult,” said Manyonga. “I did a few fouls and I didn't get the distance today I wanted as I was looking for 8.80m, but I know it will come.”

Chinese jumpers filled places two, three and four with Gao Xinglong the best of the trio with 8.22m. Olympic champion Jeff Henderson was sixth with 8.03m.

There were also meeting records for Bershawn Jackson, who ran 48.63 to win the 400m hurdles, and Ruth Jebet, who exacted revenge on Hyvin Kiyeng to win the 3000m steeplechase in 9:04.78.

It was a welcome return to form for Jackson who lost his father and best friend last year and has declared this will be his last season in the sport. “I just want to go out with a bang,” said the 34-year-old American, who won the world title back in 2005.

Jebet turned the tables after Kiyeng’s victory in Doha seven days ago. The Kenyan was second this time ahead of her young teammate Celliphine Chespol who set the world junior record a week ago