10 July, 2019

Manyonga and Echevarría lead pit battle at Muller Anniversary Games

The world’s top two male long jumpers have been confirmed as part of a stellar long jump line-up for this year’s Müller Anniversary Games.

London 2017 global gold medallist Luvo Manyonga (RSA) is joined by 2018 world indoor champion Juan Miguel Echevarría (CUB) in a stacked field for the annual London Stadium meet. 

Echevarria announced himself on the global stage in Birmingham, Echeverria stunned the world by nearly jumping the full length of the pit at the IAAF Diamond League Meeting in Stockholm last June.

It was a world-leading and marginally win-assisted 8.83m (+2.1) – the longest jump in the world for some 23 years.

Manyonga, 28, smashed meeting records at both major outdoor events in Britain last summer, claiming gold at the Anniversary Games with 8.58 and leaping 8.53 at the Birmingham Grand Prix.   

The reigning Commonwealth and world champion Manyonga, 28, will be joined by compatriot and fellow London 2017 medallist Ruswahl Samaai (RSA) as well as current European indoor and outdoor champion Miltiadis Tentoglou (GRE).

The home crowd will have the chance to support British long jumper Dan Bramble, also confirmed for the men’s long jump competition next weekend.

Commonwealth silver medallist Henry Frayne (AUS), 2014 Commonwealth medallist Zarck Visser (RSA), Tajay Gayle (JAM), Darcy Roper (AUS) and Trumaine Jefferson (USA) have also aligned.

It’s all set to be a fascinating weekend in the pit at the London Stadium with current Olympic and world champion Christian Taylor and Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson also competing. 

Tickets for the Müller Anniversary Games are on sale at www.theticketfactory.com/british-athletics