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Manyonga grabs another silver for SA

2016-08-14 03:27
Luvo Manyonga (Getty)

Rio de Janeiro - For a while, it looked like Luvo Manyonga was on course to win Team South Africa its first gold medal at the Rio Olympics. 

But then, with his final attempt of the night, American Jeff Henderson jumped 8.38m - one centimetre further than Manyonga had gone with his fifth attempt.

It was agonisingly close for the 25-year-old Manyonga, but in the end it is a result that he will take and one that gives South Africa their fifth silver medal at the Games to add to their solitary bronze.

Manyonga had jumped 8.28m with his fourth attempt to take the lead, and when he bettered that to 8.37m with his fifth attempt South Africans thought they were about to upset the odds.

It was not to be, but Manyonga did manage to push defending champion Greg Rutherford into third.

There was a moment of controversy on the final jump of the night when Jarrion Lawson thought he had launched himself into contention only for replays to show that his left hand had trailed behind him and touched the sand, costing him at least 50cm.  

Manyonga's team-mate Rushwahl Samaai finished a disappointing ninth with a best of 7.97m.

Lloyd Burnard is Sport24's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro for the duration of the 2016 Olympics ...

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