South Africa’s elite stars opened their campaign at the IAAF World Championships in London, England winning 4 medals to date.
Olympic champion and world record-holder, Wayde van Niekerk, won his third global 400 metres title last night in 43.98 seconds.
Caster Semenya managed a bronze medal in a tightly run race where she left her bid a little late.
In men’s long jump, South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga won the title on Saturday, making up for the disappointment of missing out on an Olympic gold in Rio.
Starting with a foul, his second leap of 8.48m set the tone for what was to be a tight tussle between him and American Jarrion Lawson. Four jumps in and Manyonga’s second jump of 8.48m looked like it’d be enough to earn him the gold. After five rounds, the picture remained the same, and after six rounds, it was enough to earn Manyonga gold.
The bronze in the men’s long jump was taken by Manyonga’s compatriot Ruswahl Samaai, the leader in the Diamond League standings, who jumped 8.32.
“It took me till the third attempt, but I can tell you I needed this lesson to be ready for the final,” Samaai said.
“I am injury free, I feel blessed and I am ready to fly far tomorrow.”
It's been a roller-coaster ride for me but that makes this moment so much sweeter. With perserverence and faith my hardship paid off 🙏🏾❤ pic.twitter.com/SGrjS2rLra
— Ruswahl Samaai (@RuswahlSamaai) August 7, 2017
Here Samaai gives us a glimpse of his medal in this video he posted on Twitter:
God doesn't make mistakes 🙏🏾
World Championships bronze medalist 🥉 pic.twitter.com/Z5QYCskLjh
— Ruswahl Samaai (@RuswahlSamaai) August 8, 2017