Jumping for joy



May 17, 2016
Jumping for joy

LONG JUMP ACE: Ruswahl Samaai is on his way to the Olympics. CREDIT: Sourced

Paarl-born Ruswhal Samaai says consistency is key.

Ruswhal Samaai is looking for consistency after winning his second Diamond League medal following his silver winning performance in Shanghai.

On Saturday, the Paarl-born ace’s 8.14m attempt was his ninth jump over eight metres this year.

With Samaai stepping up his Olympic preparations, he says: “It is very important for me to be consistent, as my body will get used to jumping over eight metres, and I know if I continue to jump over 8.20m that the big jump will come easily.

“I need to go over eight metres on a regular basis, so I am positive about that and I am confident that I can continue to do it.”

Meanwhile, Stefan Brits became the sixth South African long jumper to qualify for the Olympic Games when he leapt to a new personal best at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in the United States.

Brits improved his previous best by 17cm with his jump of 8.22m which was also only his second-ever jump over eight metres.

He moves up to fourth on the list of qualifiers behind Zarck Visser (8.41m), Samaai (8.34m), and Luvo Manyonga (8.30m).

Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena is fifth on the list with his jump of 8.16m, while Dylon Cotter, also 8.16m, rounds off the qualifiers for the field event.

On the track, SA 400m hurdles record-holder LJ van Zyl missed out on a podium finish by 0.1 second claiming fourth place in a season’s best time of 49.13 seconds in Shanghai.

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