Samaai joins growing list of stars for Athletix GP

World Championship Long Jump bronze medallist, Ruswahl Samaai, who also finished second on the 2017 world ranking lists, will compete at the Athletix Grand Prix. Roger Sedres

The world's second-ranked long jumper, Ruswahl Samaai of South Africa, will take part in the inaugural Athletix Grand Prix in Tshwane in March, competing in the second leg of the series at Tuks Stadium.

Samaai, who won the bronze medal at the World Championships in London last year and ended 2017 second in the rankings, will compete on 8 March, the second of three legs in the series, in his first event of the season.

He is looking forward to coming out of his break in what should be a prestigious event, with the likes of Caster Semenya (800m), Justin Gatlin (USA - sprinting), and Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda - long distance) also headlining the series at various points.

"2018 is a big year for me. My bronze in London has taken me to the next level after making the Olympic final in Rio and winning bronze at the 2014 Africa Championships and then gold there in 2016," Samaai said in a media release on Wednesday.

"So this year I am looking forward to representing my country at the African Championships to defend my title and hopefully at the World Cup and the Continental Cup. My journey will start at Tukkies. I'm really looking forward to this," he added.

Samaai's personal best is 8.49m, though it is a long way off the world record of 8.95m held by Mike Powell of the USA (set in 1991). The South African outdoor record is 8.65m, held by SA's Luvo Manyonga, the gold medalist in London.