South African Athletics

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

2015-08-27 21:58
Anaso Jobodwana (Gallo Images)

Wayde van Niekerk won the 400m gold medal at the IAAF World Champs in Beijing as he posted the sixth fastest time in history.

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

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

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

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

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