ASA puts leap of faith in Luvo for ti­tle

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - By DAVID ISAACSON

NEWLY crowned SA Sports Star of the Year Luvo Many­onga will spear­head a pow­er­ful long jump squad at the world in­door cham­pi­onships next year.

Ath­let­ics SA yes­ter­day named a small prepa­ra­tion squad of just eight ath­letes‚ and the three big­gest stars all come from the long jump.

Many­onga‚ the reign­ing world cham­pion and Olympic silver medal­list‚ Ruswahl Sa­maai (world cham­pi­onship bronze) and Zarck Visser (2014 Com­mon­wealth Games silver) will be a force at the show­piece in Birm­ing­ham from March 1-4.

Sa­maai has al­ready shared in­ter­na­tional podi­ums with both men‚ with Many­onga at the out­door world cham­pi­onships in London in Au­gust and with Visser at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow‚ where he ended third.

The other three men in the SA squad are sprint­ers Hen­ri­cho Bru­in­tjies and Emile Eras­mus and Orazio Cre­mona in the shot­put.

The two women are US-based dis­tance star Do­minique Scott and sprinter Carina Horn.

Ath­letes omit­ted from the squad have un­til Novem­ber 24 to ap­peal their ex­clu­sion. — DDC

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