South African Athletics

Jobodwana eyes glory in Beijing

2015-05-22 09:21
South African 200 m sprinter Anaso Jobodwana is aiming for a medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

JOHANNESBURG — With the South African 200 m record in the bag, sprinting sensation Anaso Jobodwana believes he can win a medal in one of the most competitive events at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August.

The 2012 London Olympics finalist blitzed to a new national record at the Cayman Invitational over the weekend in a time of 20.06 seconds, breaking Morne Nagel’s old mark of 20.11 seconds set in Germiston in 2002.

“My goals are to stay consistent, run sub-20 for the first time and also be a medal contender at world champs. That’s very hard but it’s possible with the right frame of mind and with the team behind me,” Jobodwana said from his base at World Athletics Centre in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jobodwana rose from relative obscurity to make it into the Olympic 200 m final as a 20-year-old in which the Jamaican trio of World Record holder Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir took first, second and third place respectively.

Finishing eighth, Jobodwana was strikingly calm after rubbing shoulders with the world’s fastest men and it was clear the sprinter from King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape had a bright future ahead of him. In 2013 he lived up to expectations, bagging a rare short sprint double at the World Student Games in Kazan, Russia, in the 100 m and 200 m. — Sport24

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