A lot of athletes are still waiting and trying to plan around it.” Samaai comes off a bumper 2018 where he was crowned African and Iaaf Continental Cup champion while he took bronze at the Commonwealth Games – he is one part of a superb South African double act in the long jump scene alongside countrymen Luvo Manyonga.
Manangoi would end his season in style, winning his maiden World Cup also known as the Iaaf Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech on September 9.
Well, the Iaaf Continental Cup in Ostrava came up a month after the Asaba Championships, but a good number of the Nigerian contingent missed their events as they arrived on Day 1 of the competition due to poor travel arrangements.
Two weeks after running 3:59.41 to finish third in the 1500m at the IAAF Diamond League final and one week after clocking a world-leading 8:27.50 in the 3000m at the Iaaf Continental Cup, the Dutch runner clocked a European record of 1:05:15 to win in the Danish capital, moving to eighth on the world all-time list.
The London Marathon champion in 2018 was also Iaaf Continental Cup and Central American and Caribbean champion in both the long jump and triple jump.
Topping that list is world and Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa, who extended her undefeated streak in the 800m to 29 finals this year, a campaign that included victories at the Commonwealth Games, African Championships, IAAF Diamond League final and Iaaf Continental Cup.
He also qualified for the World Cup also known as Iaaf Continental Cup where he finished fifth.
That saw him qualify for the World Cup also known as Iaaf Continental Cup where he finished fifth.