Manyonga's long jump to gold medal
World champion Luvo Manyonga from South Africa repelled the fierce challenge of Australia’s Henry Frayne to take the country’s first Commonwealth Games long jump gold since 1950.
Frayne, who led the qualifiers with a Games record 8.34m, took control of the competition with an 8.33m effort in round two.
Manyonga, the former crystal meth addict who last year produced the longest jump in the world for eight years, dislodged Frayne from top spot in round four with 8.35m.
The gold medallist then soared out to his longest leap of the competition in round six with a Games record 8.41m.
Frayne had to settle for silver, with South Africa’s Ruswahl Samaai, the Commonwealth bronze medallist from four years ago, matching that performance inside the Carrara Stadium with a best of 8.22m.
This article was produced by Games News Service.