Manyonga fell short of the Gold Medal though as Cuban Echevarria upended him by just two centimeters to snag the victory away from the stellar South African performer.
Expressing his sentiment about his silver medal performance to African Sports Monthly Reporter Ayodele Odumade he indicated that he was disappointed but was rather pleased at the new Record which was solace for him after such spectacular jumps.
Juan Miguel Echevarría (CUB) – Gold
"I'm delighted with the result. It was a tough competition. It was very tight with very close margins but I prepared physically and mentally for the event.
"I think I'm in the peak of my career. I'm feeling very physically strong.
"Birmingham has been great to me and the atmosphere has been fantastic and I'm really looking forward to what 2018 holds."
Luvo Manyonga (RSA) – Silver
" This is my first ever world indoors and only my third ever indoor event, so it means lot to get a medal.
"I tried to get the gold but I did well to get a personal best."
Marquis Dendy (USA) – Bronze
"That was a great competition – 8.46, 8.44, 8.42. The crowd were just amazing. They know their track and field."
By Leslie Koroma Sr.