Anaso Jobodwana broke his own South African 200m record as he finished just behind Justin Gatlin at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday 30th May.
News from Sports24 .co.za says Jobodwana set the track on fire running in the fifth lane with Olympic champion Justin Gatlin of the US on his outside to post a time of 20.04 seconds, shaving 0.02 seconds off the record he set in the Cayman Islands on May 16. Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist posted a world-leading time of 19.68 seconds to win the half-lap sprint with Jobodwana crossing in second place, while Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade bagged the bronze in a time of 20.18.
Only three men have gone faster than Jobodwana in the 200m this year– Gatlin, Dedric Dukes (19.99) and Andre de Grasse (20.03).
Born July 30, 1992, Young Anaso has already made his mark on the world scene, reaching finals in both the 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 World Championships. A graduate of Jackson State University, Jobodwana is an athlete tipped to go far in his career. He has been described as “ a super elastic young sprinter whose long term potential is scary”.