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Manyonga makes final

Luvo Manyonga made Team SA sweat even more than the searing temperatures before producing a third and final long jump effort of 7.76 metres to progress to Wednesday’s long jump final at an action-packed evening’s athletics at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada on Tuesday.

Manyonga, who broke the African junior record earlier this month with a leap of 8.19 metres in Germany, smiled broadly after passing the compulsory 7.70m qualifying mark ÔÇô this after overstepping the plank for a no-jump first effort and then producing a second jump of 6.28.

ÔÇ£I didn’t warm up properly for the competition, having gone straight to the warm up area after receiving physiotherapy on my left ankle,ÔÇØ said Manyonga, who is based in Stellenbosch where he is part of coach Mario Smith’s group of athletes.

ÔÇ£My left ankle twinge has meant that I have lost some speed on the run-in, but I will be ready for the final.ÔÇØ

Boland team-mate Stephen Brits recorded a best jump of 7.18 metres, not enough to see him progress further in the competition.

A third Boland athlete, Shaun de Jager, went to the 400 metres semi-finals the easy way in clocking 47.48sec. Tshwane’s rising star, Jacques de Swardt, also made it to the semi-finals, as one of the fastest placed runners outside of the top three placings in the heats, coming home in 47.50.

Wednesday’s action sees nine South African athletes in action, with the pick being Tazmin Brits in the girls javelin final and Manyonga in the long jump final and its hoped South Africa will pick up their first medal (hopefully medals) of the championships in these two events.

Gert Swanepoel is in action for the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500 as part of his decathlon exploits. Le Roux Hamman and Kobus Moolman are in 400m hurdles heats, De Jager and Swart contest the 400m flat semis and Waide Jooste and Gideon Trotter go off in the 100m semi-finals.

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