Jobodwana makes his home province proud

2012-08-09 10:55

Eastern Cape athlete Anaso Jobodwana came in for some high praise from his home province ahead of his participation in tonight’s 200m finals at the London Olympics.

Jobodwana (20) came back from a long injury layoff last year to be one of the stars for Team SA at the Games, posting his personal best time of 20:27 in yesterday’s semis to make it to the finals.

He finished second to the world’s fastest man and multi-world record holder, Usain Bolt.

Back home, the Buffalo City athlete’s exploits have been making people sit up and take notice.

Eastern Cape sports MEC Xoliswa Tom said: “His achievement that has earned him a qualification to this stage is our achievement.

We wish him all the best.

“We can already see the medal coming to the Eastern Cape on behalf of the country. We say: ‘Kubo mfana wam’. You are in our prayers and we are with you all the way.”

ANC provincial spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said the youngster’s success should serve as inspiration for youth to want to excel in sport.

“We thank him for representing our province and the country in these Olympics in a befitting manner,” Qoboshiyane said.

“We wish him well in the finals. The fact that he was close to Bolt when they crossed the finishing line signals a huge hope that our youngster can cause a historic upset in the London Olympics.”

Jobodwana hails from Phakamisa, a township near the metro’s King William’s Town, and he attended high school at the prestigious Selborne College in East London.

Though he is now part of the athletics programme at the US’ Jackson State University, Jobodwana also ran for Selborne.

Selborne sports administrator, and his coach from Grade 8 through to half his matric year, Chris Sandford, said more could be expected from the pint-sized sprinter.

“He’s always been a very talented athlete ... and right now he’s in the best place to develop that talent in America.

“Selborne is very proud of him and we wish him the best. Whether he gets a medal now or not, he’s got youth on his side and can go on to make a bigger impact in 2016,” said Sandford.

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