Lekker South African ‘Gees’ in London: Luvo’s Support Team Sing his Praises

As Luvo Manyonga’s 2017 World Championships long jump gold medal experience soaks in on Sunday, two of the men behind the medal shared their thoughts on the South African’s success.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Luvo Manyonga of South Africa, hold up the national flag after he won the mens long jump final during day 2 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 05, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)

Before World Championships, Wayne Coldman, Manyonga’s strength and conditioning coach, predicted that a big surprise might await the international athletics community.

Manyonga won gold with a leap of 8.48m, and compatriot Ruswahl Samaai took bronze with an 8.32m effort.

‘For years, everybody has been singing the praises of the American, Australian and European long jumpers, but this season it has been Luvo who has been pushing the boundaries,’ said Coldman.


‘His exploits prove that success is not limited to certain countries, in the end, everything boils down to how much an athlete and his support team is prepared to sacrifice to succeed.’

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Neil Cornelius, coach, hugs Luvo Manyonga, after his athlete won the mens long jump during day 2 of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 05, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA/Gallo Images)

Neil Cornelius (Tuks/HPC athletics coach) said winning a gold medal at a World Championships had been two and half years in the making for him and Manyonga.

‘It’s a dream come true for me and Luvo. Don’t ask me how I feel at the moment because there are no real words that can do justice to my feelings. I don’t even want to try and imagine how Luvo must be feeling at the moment.

Luvo’s ‘sand angel’ to celebrate his gold medal made world headlines.

‘He is after all the guy that kept his cool when it mattered and made sure he got the big jumped that counted,’ said Cornelius.

Cornelius confidently predicts that the best is yet to come as far as Manyonga’s long jump exploits are concerned.

‘Luvo hasn’t yet even come close to fulfilling his true potential as a long jumper. Watch this space, as they say, something really special is bound to happen.’

Source: www.sascoc.co.za

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