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Luvo’s early-season form

Exciting young long-jumper Luvo Manyonga recently jumped 7.87 metres at a meeting in Dakar, Senegal and will soon be setting his sights on faraway Moncton, Canada.

Manyonga’s effort was good enough for sixth spot out of the nine long jump competitors at the IAAF de Dakar Grand Prix meeting.

The Boland athlete ended 40 centimetres behind local Senegalese winner Ndiss Kaba Badji in a competition which saw five jumpers break 8m but it must be remembered that at 18, Manyonga has still got some way to go before reaching his potential.

Already this year he has an 8.05m personal best, recorded at the SA junior championships.

Putting that into perspective is the fact that not even our Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena has leapt that far at this stage of the season yet.

Manyonga will be part of the SA team for World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada this year and Stellenbosch based coach Mario Smith says his charge is doing just fine at this stage.

“His next meeting will be in Spain. I want him to do a few smaller meetings in Europe first and not throw him into the deep end with a high pressure meeting.

An interesting comparison with his illustrious countryman Mokoena is that when Mokoena was aged 18, back in 2003, his best long jump effort of the year was a 7.84m, jumped in Potchefstroom. The next year he went on to finish second at the World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy with an 8.09 jump.

By Mark Etheridge