Injured Luvo Manyonga to miss Ostrava

South Africa's Luvo Manyonga competes in the Men's long jump event during the anniversary games at the Queen Elizabeth stadium in London on July 22, 2018.
South Africa's Luvo Manyonga competes in the Men's long jump event during the anniversary games at the Queen Elizabeth stadium in London on July 22, 2018.
Image: Ian KINGTON / AFP

Luvo Manyonga is to miss the World Challenge meet in Ostrava on Thursday after being stretchered off the long jump it at the Diamond League meet in Rabat on Sunday night.

He suffered a soft tissue injury in his left ankle — the one uses to take off — in the fourth round of the competition‚ in which he ended second to Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarria.

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“On the advice of his team‚ Mr Manyonga’s upcoming competition schedule will be amended‚ and at the moment this includes cancellation of his next meeting in Ostrava‚” the athlete’s agent Lee-Roy Newton said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We are confident in the treatment Mr Manyonga is receiving and will keep everyone informed of any further updates.”

Manyonga is currently SA’s best chance of a medal at the world championships.

Wayde van Niekerk has yet to prove his fitness following his knee injury in 2017‚ and there’s uncertainty over the future of Caster Semenya.

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