“It’s the one thing I know I can do better than anything. I love to run.” 200m – 21.08 400m- 46.23 Rodwell Leroy Sbusiso Ndlovu, now 23, grew up in Johannesburg and Cape Town, although he was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. When he was 9 years old, his parents immigrated to South Africa because of…
200m – 21.08
Rodwell Leroy Sbusiso Ndlovu, now 23, grew up in Johannesburg and Cape Town, although he was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. When he was 9 years old, his parents immigrated to South Africa because of “discrimination against the Ndebele people.”
He attended Muizenberg High School in Cape Town and recalls first making an impact in terms of achievements during the 2010 athletic season and then later winning 400m u/23 in 2011 and SA Open in 2013 are two highlight races for him.
Nelly Furtado’s ‘I’m like a bird’ offers him a feeling of nostalgia. Why? You may ask. He ran at he Discover a Star Competition at UWC. With that song in the background, Ndlovu came around the 200m bend. That was the first time he started with semi- professional athletics. He won that race.
Well who is the genius behind this star athlete? Hadley Volkwyn- IAAF level 3 coach. Not only is Hadley a coach, but also a mentor and a father figure. “It has always been our goal to make it to the 2016 Olympics,” Ndlovu says with excitement. But first the 2015 World Champs has to be won.
Besides his coach, there is one athlete who inspires him. Lashawn Merrit, whom he looks to race one day. His training partners, Gift Ngwenya (400m),Taariq Solomons (400mh), Sibusiso Magwasa (800m) and Duwayne Phillander (800m) keep him on track.
About Wayde van Niekerk’s performance this year, Ndlovu feels that he raised the bar. “It is always good to run against him, because he makes us run good times. We all know that currently he is the guy to beat, but he is beatable.” Well that makes us quite excited about 400m races in the future in this country.
Ndlovu’s biggest achievement thus far, is running in the biggest continental track & field competition, The Senior African Champs.
There are actually more to this guy than just running like lightning. He is currently busy with his Bsc Honours degree in Population Studies and Statistics at UWC. He loves surfing and just chilling with friends. What we would give to hang out and surf with this phenomenal sprinter.
Photo credit Samantha Pretorius
— withRodwell Leroy Sbusiso Ndlovu.