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Tearaway Titi blitzes to world best time in US

By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s 2012 Olympics sprinter Ncincilili Titi has got off to a rocketing start to the season in the United States.

In the space of a few days the Butterworth blitz has run the quickest indoor 200-metre time of the season, a national record as well as the second fastest time by an athlete from Africa and also ran his fastest 60m indoor time.

Racing at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina, Titi clocked 20.45sec for the 200 and 6.69 for the short sprint which puts him 19th on the NCAA standings this season.

The 24-year-old’s early-season achievements haven’t gone unnoticed and the University of South Carolina student was named SEC Co-Runner of the Week along with Florida’s Grant Holloway.

Watch the video of Titi racing his heart out here:


Titi says he was taken by surprise at his early success. He told Team SA: ‘The off-season went pretty well. Of course there were problems here and there with injuries wanting to manifest but we just made sure we addressed those early.

‘Training wasn’t all that great the past month and a half so I wasn’t all that confident coming into the meet. Then, after running two unexpected PBs the previous day in the 60m I felt pretty confident I would PB in the 200m. But I didn’t expect that big a PB,’ he smiled.

‘As for the race itself, I was just focused on executing a great race plan and not running anyone else’s race. I feel like I executed pretty well and so the time was good too.

But while he’s boosted with his early form, he’s also taking int one step at a time as he also focuses on graduating with a degree in Public Health at the end of this year.

‘It definitely makes me confident for the season, but all that’s left now is consistency at this level.

Titi who has more than one string to his bow, possessing a private pilot’s license is being careful about how he plots his course.

‘Not sure what the plans are for the near future but it’s dependent on how this season goes. But I definitely want to start flying again,’

For now he’ll no doubt be looking at continuing his low-flying exploits… at ground level.