Tue, 21 Sep 2021

Ruswahl Samaai is looking to continue South Africa's long jumping success at the Olympic Games.

Samaai will look to follow in the footsteps of former Olympic silver medallists Khotso Mokoena and Luvo Manyonga as he eyes a podium finish in Tokyo.

With Manyonga out of the running after receiving a four-year ban, Samaai will look to carry the athletics team's long jump hopes.

The 29-year-old from Paarl is hoping to improve in his second Olympic Games, following a disappointing finish in Rio.

At the 2016 Games, Samaai was struck with a hamstring injury days before the final, which saw him finish ninth in the men's long jump.

READ | SA long jumper Samaai eyes Olympic podium: 'It's nice to know that my country backs me'

In the build-up to Japan, Samaai finished fourth at the Stockholm Diamond League and fifth at the Monaco Diamond League this month.

Source: News24

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