13 Days to go - Anaso Jobodwana

Date of birth – 30.07.1992

PB , SB AND RANKINGS

Performance Venue Year
Personal Best 100 – 10.10

200 – 20.00

Greensboro (USA)

Kazan (RUS)

24.05.2013

10.07.2013

All Time RSA 100 – 7th

200 – 3rd

HISTORY AND MESSAGE

 “Let me show you what I see with my eyes closed”, this is the favourite quote of Olympic 200m finalist Anaso Jobodwana.

At London 2012 Olympics he made the 200m final and finished 8th. In 2013 at the Kazan Universiade Jobodwana took the double gold in the 100 and 200. This is where he ran the wind assisted 20.00. At the World Championships in Moscow he came 4th in his 100m heat against Gatlin, Carter and Vicaut with 10.17. He also won his heat in 20.17 and a 20.13 in the semi final which is his pb without wind assistance, coming 2nd to Usain bolt with 1 split second. In the final he came 6th with a 20.14. Coming from an injury nobody is really sure what he is capable of this year but if his races last year are any indication then he’ll be a major threat on the sprints at these champs.

Jobodwana trains with Loren Seagrave in America at Bradenton, FL. He is curently studying Biology. . He has a very strong training group and the intensity is high within that group. Anaso says that he wouldn’t be able to compare RSA to USA training and races because he hasn’t done much training and races in RSA. When asked about his future plans his exact words were “To run as fast as my legs can carry me”. Besides from all the running and training he likes to read and to expand his horizons both mentally and physically. He loves listening to music and just soaking in the wonder that is life.

Great developments in SA sprinting is taking place with men and ladies including Akani Simbine, Simon Magakwe, Henricho Bruintjies, Ncinici Titi, Melissa Hewitt, Justine Palframan and Carina Horn and Jobodwana says he is loving it, “it is paving our up and coming stars a way to reach even better heights in the future than we are now”.  When asked about the 10sec and 20sec barrier he replied with ” I’m not worried about that, only about executing my races to the best of my abilities and enjoying myself as much as I can”.

His future plans are to compete at major events like the Diamond Leagues alongside the top athletes from all over. Jobodwana has already made our country very proud but he is planning to take it even further, and lets hope that includes a shiny gold at the Commonwealth Games. We wish you all the best Jobodwana!