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Luvo Manyonga leaps to silver medal

2016-08-15 12:08

Cape Town - Luvo Manyonga leaped to a silver medal in the long jump pit at the Rio Olympics.

Manyonga's story is stuff of Hollywood movie material.

The 25-year-old was close to dying before intervention from SASCOC president Gideon Sam got his life back on track. 

Manyonga was banned for 18 months back in 2012 when traces of methamphetamine (tik) were found in his system.

Shortly thereafter his coach was killed in a car crash.

However, he put those incidents behind him in Rio when he came within a centimetre of winning.


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