Olympic champions David Rudisha (800 metres) and Faith Chepng'etich (1,500m) eye a good start to the season when they field at Shanghai's leg of the Diamond League Saturday afternoon.
The men's 200m features three Olympic finalists including Britain's Adam Gemili, Churandy Martina of the Netherlands and two-time world and 2008 Olympic 400m champion LaShawn Merritt of the United States, who ranked fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in Rio past year.
"The last time someone jumped more than 8.60m was in 2009 [when former Olympic gold and multiple world champion Dwight Phillips, and former Olympic and world champion Irving Saladino cleared the distance] and Luvo has now done it three times in a row".
Jackson, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, opened his season with a second-place finish at the Drake Relays in April.
The Jamaican ran a world leading 12:98 to win at this venue past year and he is plotting for another sub-13 seconds clocking at his "favourite meet".
"This is where I ran my fastest time past year and I've opened up with 13.04 this time so the goal is to go sub-13 again, for sure".
"Since the London World Championships is still months away, I will not think too much about it now and just horn my skills and keep a steady form", said Su.
Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast finished third in 11.07.
It was his third jump over 8.60 metres this year, carrying his impressive form on the domestic circuit into the early stages of the worldwide season, as he missed his own South African record by four centimetres. "I can only aim to post good times in this Chinese city". Ukraine's Olha Zemlyak rounded out the top three in 50.89.
While the all-South African podium many were hoping for going into this event didn't quite materialise, Manyonga's Diamond League record of 8.61m in his last jump was a marvel.
US Olympic champion Jeff Henderson was a distant sixth with 8.03m. Xie Wenjun will represent the host country to compete.
Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, finished a disappointing fourth in his first race of the season in Doha last week and decided his form wasn't high enough to compete in Shanghai.
American Sam Kendricks took the victory with 5.88, while world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France was second with 5.83.
Daniella Bunch finished second in the women's shot put with her throw of 18.98.
The 23-year-old was the only elite high hurdler taking eight steps to reach the first hurdle last season but was also the only athlete to break the 13-second barrier in 2016 and won his first major outdoor title at the Rio Games.
Her compatriot Hellen Obiri, the Rio 5,000m silver medallist, also excelled as she won in a 2017 world-leading and personal best time of 14:22.47.