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Sports Star Manyonga to spearhead powerful long-jump trio at world champs

14 November 2017 - 12:17 By David Isaacson
Luvo Manyonga wins silver in the men's long-jump during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Athletics Events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 13 August 2016.
Luvo Manyonga wins silver in the men's long-jump during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Athletics Events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 13 August 2016.
Image: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Newly crowned SA Sports Star of the Year Luvo Manyonga will spearhead a powerful long-jump squad at the world indoor championships next year.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) on Tuesday named a small preparation squad of just eight athletes‚ and the three biggest stars all come from the long jump.

Manyonga‚ the reigning world champion and Olympic silver medalist‚ Ruswahl Samaai (world championship bronze) and Zarck Visser (2014 Commonwealth Games silver) will be a formidable force at the showpiece in Birmingham from March 1-4.

Samaai has already shared international podiums with both men‚ with Manyonga at the outdoor world championships in London in August and with Visser at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow‚ where he ended third.

The other three men in the SA squad are sprinters Henricho Bruintjies and Emile Erasmus and Orazio Cremona in the shot put.

The two women are US-based distance star Dominique Scott and sprinter Carina Horn.

Athletes omitted from the squad have until November 24 to appeal their exclusion.


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