Anaso Jobodwana - South Africa's rising star

Anaso Jobodwana's performance last week at the IAAF championships in Moscow was nothing shorter than brilliant. Although the young aspiring star didn't make the 100m finals his personal best performance in the 200m semi-final alongside his idol Usain bolt earned him a spot in the 200m finals

Jobodwana who recently turned 21 is representing South Africa and training from Jackson State Univeristy, the young athlete has thus far had many opportunities in both this championship and outside to run along side Bolt, he clocked 20.14 in the finals, just a nano-second behind the personal best he recorded in the semi-finals that took place on Friday

 Heres what Jobadwana had to say about his overall perfomance
I was happy about how I ran – I didn't lag this time like I did in London (Olympics). When I got to the straight I tried to kick and he was coming (back) but I started to tire up. I guess the coach will have to look at it and tell me what it is I did wrong, and then take it from there,” said Jobodwana. 

There are up and downs in everything. The up is that I ran three consistent races of a high standard. I made it to the final, but making the final is not enough. At this point I'm not really disappointed because I've still a lot to work on and I'm going to be ready for next season

Obviously on the down side is that I didn't run a personal best and that I didn't medal, but I guess that disappointment will help me going into next season”, he said. 

Whilst running in the semi final, Jobadwana almost caught Bolt off-guard when he nearly overtook the Jamaican phenomenon from the inside just before the finish line, Bolt follied with the South African rising star at the end, fist bumping him and acknowledging Jobadawana's effort.

He wished me luck at the start and acknowledged my run afterwards,” continued Jobodwana, who also attracted congratulations from a number of the athletes as they walked through the post race zone.
I think we can expect great things from Jobadwana, he has great potential and an extremely bright future with his athletics career ahead of him, It certainly has been a long time since South Africa has been able to produce a promising athlete in the shorter distances, watch this space, come next Olympics, South Africa is bagging a gold in 200m  

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