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New club, new coach and sprinter Jobodwana is upbeat

Having been robbed by the wind from running a new best in the 100 metres on Saturday can’t faze Anaso Jobodwana (TuksAthletics).

In fact it only serves to motivate him. Jobodwana won the 100m at the Gauteng North Championships in a time of 10.07 seconds, but unfortunately, the wind from behind was 3.3 metres per second (1.3 above the legal limit). In the semi-final, his time was 10.12, but again the wind was a factor.

It means Jobodwana’s best time officially in the short sprint remains 10.10.

Still, Jobodwana is quite upbeat about his performance. ‘I know now that there is speed in my legs. The challenge is to figure out how to be consistently fast in races and to make sure I stay fast. It’s now only February and I aim to be still able to run fast times in September. The ultimate goal is to run a good race at next year’s World Championships,’ said Jobodwana who decided last week to join TuksAthletics.

The world bronze medallist will be coached by Thabo Matebedi who also coaches the talented Malesela Senona.

According to Jobodwana, he has known Matebedi for quite a few years and perviously Matebedi has advised him on some aspects of his sprinting. What he said made sense and that’s why he decided to ask Matebedi to coach him full time.

‘My time in Durban has come to an end. The plus of joining Tuks is that there is a group of talented sprinters. To be honest, I missed that competitive edge when training.’

Jobodwana said he made a conscious decision last year to sort out his injury issues. ‘It got to be frustrating to get injured every time I pushed myself a bit whether it was in training or racing. I realised that I will probably never get to race to my full potential if I just keep on going as always.

‘So my focus had been in rectifying all my imbalances. I’ve got perhaps five maybe six good years of racing left, and I want to make the most of it.’

On Thursday Jobodwana will be competing in the 200m at the Grand Prix Meeting in Ruimsig, Roodepoort. The South African junior 200m record holder, Clarence Munyai, is also racing. The Tuks athlete ran a personal best time of 10.10s in the 100 metres over the weekend.

‘I think Clarence and I proved during the Gauteng North Championships that we have got a bit of a rivalry going. Both of us want to win. But for now, I don’t want to focus on running specific times as it might throw me out of my game. I just want to focus on executing the perfect race. It’s something I haven’t done for a long time, and I need to do so if I want to become competitive in 200m sprinting again.’

Another big race for Jobodwana will be on 8 March when he takes on the world 100 metre champion, Justin Gatlin (US), over 150m at the Grand Prix Meeting at Tuks.

Jobodwana does not want to speculate as to what might happen. ‘Hopefully I will execute a good race and who knows what might happen if I do so.’

Picture of Jobodwana in action at the weekend courtesy of Reg Caldecott