Coming to America

It can be said that everyone in the world has at some point wanted to live “The American Dream” and go to the land filled possibilities and opportunities. Phatutshedzo Maswanganyi who might be our best South African sprint exports in a while, following in the steps of Ncincili Titi, Anaso Jobodwana, Lehann Fourie and Derrick Mokaleng, who have all experienced great success in the American system.

 

Maswanganyi is “Coming to America” where he will be running and studying at the University of Houston under the watchful eye of American sprint legend and head coach, Carl Lewis. This all comes at the perfect time having clocked 10.06 seconds in the 100m and 20.50 seconds in the 200m in South Africa, he is ready to take on the world.

 

Maswanganyi had a dream start to the 2020 season when he started off his campaign in the indoor circuit in America. Maswanganyi feels that the turn-around moment for him in 2020 was at the Carl Lewis Invitational meeting, where although he aimed to achieve two aims: firstly to gain international experience and secondly to run the World Indoor Championships standard time of 6.63 seconds and fell short of the mark with a time of 6.63 seconds. This result however served as a sign that he was in great form and without any real speed work training done at that point but things were looking up for the speedster.

 

Maswanganyi used the momentum he gained in America back home in South Africa to dormmate in the 60m at the Newton Classic Shoot-Out winning in 6.56 seconds. In the 100m he clocked 10.22 seconds bettering his previous best of 10.35 seconds and then went on to break the SA u20 record in 10.06 seconds. In the 200m he showed great form as well clocking 20.50 seconds improving his previous best time of 20.75 seconds. after working successfully with coach Thabo Matebedi, one of SA and Africa’s best development and senior sprint coaches, he has achieved great success and now his eyes are set to the USA.

 

When asked what was his main reason for going to study and compete in America he said, “I wanted to grow not only as an athlete but as a human being as well.” He also stated that,  “I really believe there is always more” and we believe that too as his early season form showed he was on the way to achieving great feats in 2020. We will continue to watch and follow his journey.

 

See link below to a short Q & A we did with him below:

 

All the best, make us proud and keep shining the SA flag high.

 

Written by Themba Madima

 

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