World long jump champion Luvo Manyonga was crowned the Sportsman of the Year on Sunday night at South Africa Sports Awards in Kempton Park.
The Manyonga the Long jump phenom also beat the likes of Wayde van Niekerk and Chad le Clos to claim the Sportsman of the Year accolade.
“I’m a bit emotional, but it is going away now. The award is mine and I am the Sportsman of the Year,” Manyonga said.
“I just want to keep riding the wave until I retire someday, and I am looking forward to next year.”
Three-time 800m world champion Caster Semenya was named Sportswoman of the Year, receiving recognition for her efforts in 2017, as well as the People’s Choice Sports Star of the Year, which is voted for by sports fans in South Africa.
Sportsman of the Year: Luvo Manyonga
Sportswoman of the Year: Caster Semenya
People’s Choice Sports Star of the Year: Caster Semenya
Sports Star of the Year: Luvo Manyonga