Jobodwana outshines world 100m champion

Anaso Jobodwana claimed the scalp of world champ Justin Gatlin to win the 150m men's race.
Anaso Jobodwana claimed the scalp of world champ Justin Gatlin to win the 150m men's race.
Image: Veli Nhlapo

Anaso Jobodwana has always shown great promise but after years of setbacks it is hoped that the sprinter will finally reach his full potential.

Jobodwana had stagnated since he shot into the spotlight at the 2012 London Olympics as a young prospect who was possibly the heir-apparent to the throne of Usain Bolt as the 200m sprint king.

The 25-year-old is on the mend after injury struggles in recent years. He gave a sign that he was edging to his best midweek after winning the 150m race at the Athletix Grand Series in Pretoria with a time of 15.08.

Jobodwana beat a field that included world 100m champion Justin Gatlin in the rarely run longer race.

"I'm feeling good at the moment and it was really fun to go up against guys like Justin because it's always good to go up against the best athletes in the world," Jobodwana said.

"I have been pleased with the progress I have been making so far; this win sets me up well for what's coming up in the next weeks so I couldn't be happier."

The man from Aberdeen in Eastern Cape became a father for the first time during the week. His wife, Taylor Monae, gave birth to their son, Zolani-Parker Dwayne, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

It will be some time, though, before Jobodwana gets to cradle his baby as he has the Commonwealth Games to prepare for in Australia next month.

"I will have to maybe wait to see after the Commonwealth if I will have my visa sorted to go to the US to see my family."

His immediate priority is the SA Athletics Championships in Pretoria starting Thursday where he aims to better his personal best of 10.10 seconds in the 100m.

"My target at the SA champs is to run a sub-10. That's what I have been working towards and that is the main goal."

Olympic star athlete Anaso Jobodwana, with his wife, Taylor Monae, who recently gave birth to their first child.
Olympic star athlete Anaso Jobodwana, with his wife, Taylor Monae, who recently gave birth to their first child.
Image: Alan Eason

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