South African Athletics

Jobodwana: ‘Podium, podium, podium – that’s all I thought of’

2015-08-27 17:23
Usain Bolt of Jamaica gestures to Anaso Jobodwana before the men’s 200 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, on Thursday (August 27 2015). Picture: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Beijing – After facing Usain Bolt in three major 200m finals – two world champions and the Olympics Games – Anaso Jobodwana has finally shared the podium with the Jamaican star.

In finishing third in a new national record 19.87 seconds for a bronze medal today, the 23-year-old handed Team SA its second gong in less than 24 hours at the ongoing IAAF World Championships.

This after Wayde van Niekerk delivered the gold from the 400m final yesterday.

Bolt took the race in 19.55 seconds with American Justin Gatlin grabbing silver in 19.74 seconds ahead of Jobodwana who bettered the 19.94 seconds that Van Niekerk set only last month.

“My coach said If I execute the race the best way that I can, I will be on the podium. And when I was running that’s all I thought of: podium, podium, podium,” said Jobodwana.

“I could have been foolish not to win a medal because I came here in the form of my life and I saw in the semifinals that everything we’ve been working on with my coach [Stuart McMillan] had come together. The race is always elevated when Bolt is in the race. It’s a great thing just feeling the power of the world record holder.”

Jobodwana will bid for a second competition medal with the 4x100m relay team on Saturday. 

Read more on:    anaso jobodwana  |  usain bolt

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Patriotism aside, who do you feel deserved to win the 2017 Laureus Breakthrough of the Year award?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.