Last year saw South Africa’s world champion long jumper Luvo Manyonga move cities and, this week, he switched coaches.
The Olympic silver medallist swapped Pretoria for Port Elizabeth to be closer to family in 2017, and on Tuesday he parted ways with Pretoria-based Neil Cornelius, the man who coached him to his Olympic silver medal.
Manyonga, one of the hot favourites for gold at next month’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, is yet to decide who will next act for him in a coaching capacity.
Manyonga’s longtime coach Mario Smith died in a Boland car crash four years ago.
Twenty-seven-year-old Manyonga, originally from Paarl in the Western Cape, said through his sports agency:
‘Neil Cornelius, my coach for the past three years, has guided and mentored me to become a world champion, Olympic silver medallist and Diamond League champion. I want to thank him for everything he has done for me, I could not have achieved what I have without his encouragement.
‘However, after such great success, I have had to take stock of where I am and look to find new ways to push the boundaries of performance and continued improvement.
‘With this in mind, I decided to move to Port Elizabeth last year to further my athletics career closer to my home. Considering the change in location and my practical, everyday requirements, I have made a decision to change my performance team and explore other coaching opportunities.’
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