South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga who made a return after overcoming the drug addiction has leaped 8.48 metres which was not only the third best in this season but had also made him to win the Gold medal for his attempt. Manyonga who disappointed in the Rio Olympics said he was “over the moon” after winning the World Championship long jump title.
He was challenged by American Jarrion Lawson, who interestingly was competing in his first senior championships jumped a season-best 8.44 in the final round to claim silver. Bronze was won by Ruswahl Samaai with an effort of 8.32 metres.
“This gold medal makes me feel over the moon. I have been praying to get this gold medal,” Manyonga said. He further added “The world record is my next goal. Ruswahl and me are pushing each other through the events. I am the best in the world – this sounds great. I do not feel like thinking about the last attempt in 2016, this brings back bad memories. It does not matter anymore because I have the gold medal now.”
Manyonga was given an 18-month suspension in 2012 for testing positive for the recreational drug tik which is the local variant of crystal methamphetamine.
Lithuanian Andrius Gudzius won the Gold finally with a second-round throw of 69.21 metres which is his personal best. Sweden’s Daniel Stahl, the event favourite could manage to throw 69.19 metres. Interestingly, he is the only person who has thrown over 70 metres.
“Every athlete must be dreaming about the world title and I managed it tonight. I still cannot believe it and I think I need some time to understand what has just happened,” said Gudzius.