Watch out, Bolt!

2012-08-09 07:25

In Anaso Jobodwana, a new South African star has been born.

For a lad who only turned 20 just nine days before racing against Usain Bolt, making a final in the Jamaican’s “territory” was not even a dream by his own admission.

“I didn’t expect this as I went out to run my PB (personal best) and a final is a bonus,” said Jobodwana after Bolt had dragged him to a personal best 20.27 at second place.

Bolt crossed the line jogging home in 20.18.

Jobodwana said: “Knowing I was behind him, I relaxed. I don’t get that nervous before the race but today (last night) I had the most nerves. Can I take this as a win?”

The budding runner from King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, said Bolt congratulated him afterwards: “Good job, good job” and sealed it with a handshake and a tap on the shoulder.

Another surprise yesterday was hurdler Lehann Fourie’s performance.

The 25-year-old stormed into the 110m high gates final with a fast 13.28, a time that was 0.02 seconds short of smashing Shaun Bownes’ 11-year SA record (13.26).

Such gutsy performances from Jobodwana and Fourie added to the early celebrations after Caster Semenya made her much-anticipated debut in the Olympics 800m with a 2:00.71 for a second place in the heats.

Semenya said she would set the bar a bit higher in tonight’s semifinals where she has world bronze medallist Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya in her heat.

“Yeah, 800m is a tactical race – you have to know how to run it from the back to front. Normally it’s always like that. You have to run sub-two to be a good contender, so that’s what I’m looking for.”

Unsung hero of the day, Willem Coertzen, also gave a remarkable performance and scored two personal bests and a season best in three of his five events.

He is ranked 11th in the decathlon with 4 142 points at the halfway stage. The leader is on 4 661.

“Tomorrow (today) will be sort of my stronger events. I came here in good shape and the whole plan was to get a PB and I still believe I can get 8 300 points,” said Coertzen last night.

He is the national record holder with 8 244 points.

» Team SA on Day 12

Athletics
Women’s 800m heats: Caster Semenya finished second in 2:00.71 and qualified for the semifinals tonight (8.30pm SA time)

Men’s decathlon: Willem Coertzen – 100m (3rd, 11.09 season best); long jump (11th, 7.17m); shot put (7th, 13.79), high jump (2.05m PB), 400m (2nd, 48.56 PB)

Hockey (women)

SA lost 2-1 to Japan after extra time in the classification 9-10 game. The SA women won once during their Olympic campaign.

BMX
Sifiso Nhlapo ranked 30th after the seeding run yesterday and will go head-to-head in the same heat with defending Olympic champion Maris Strombergs of Latvia and world champion Sam Willoughby of Australia.

» Who to watch on Day 13

Athletics
Men’s 4x400m relay heats: Ofentse Mogawane, Shaun de Jager, Willie de Beer (12.35am)

Men’s 200m final: Anaso Jobodwana (9.55pm)

Women’s 800m semifinals: Caster Semenya (8.30pm)

Decathlon: Willem Coertzen – 110m hurdles (10am), discus (10.55am), pole vault (1.55pm), javelin (7.30pm), 1 500m (10.20pm)

Women’s javelin final: Sunette Viljoen (from 10pm)

Canoe sprint (women)

K1 500m final: Bridgitte Hartley (11.08am)

BMX
Quarterfinals: Sifiso Nhlapo (4pm)

Swimming
Women’s 10km marathon: Jessica Roux (from 12pm)

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