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Luvo 2nd in Germany

World junior long jump champion Luvo Manyonga jumped to a second spot in Bottrop, Germany on Friday night, writes Mark Etheridge.

Competing in the International Athletics Gala, Manyonga carded an 8.06-metre effort. That gave him the same distance as eventual winner Luis Felipe Meliz of Spain.

But Meliz took the honours courtesy of the fact that his next best jump was a 7.95 while Manyonga’s only other effort was a 7.36m. Both Meliz and Manyonga had their best jumps of the night with their second attempts.

There were also two fourth-placed finishes for Carina Horn and Tebogo Masehla.

Horn clocked 24.09sec in the women’s 200m, won by American Tiffany Townsend in 22.82 while Masehla was fourth in the 3000m steeplechase.

Masehla clocked 9:55.49 in a race won by Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana in 9:30.23 from fellow Ethiopian Birtukan Adamu (9.35.72).

Speaking from Bottrop, Masehla, the SA recordholder in this event, said: “It was a good race with quality field. I guess I’m in 9.55 shape rightnow and there was nothing more I can do.”

In the men’s sprint events, Hannes Dreyer took seventh in the 100m final, clocking 10.39 behind winner Jamaican Ainsley Waugh’s 10.21. This after Dreyer had run 10.42 in the heats.

The only other SA athlete in action was Louw Smit in the 110m hurdles. He ran 14.47sec in the heats to qualify for the B-final but failed to race the final.


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