Anaso Jobodwana sizes up Usain Bolt in 200m semi-finals

2015-08-25 17:15

Beijing – South Africans can look forward to a Super Wednesday at the ongoing IAAF World Championships as Team SA’s big guns will be involved in crucial races tomorrow.

Anaso Jobodwana will size up Usain Bolt in the 200m semi-finals (2.46pm SA time) after the South African sealed his place with a 20.22 seconds win in his heat today. He held his nerves well despite a false start by Alex Quinonez of Ecuador.

It was a good performance from Jobodwana today after he himself was red-carded in the 100m first round on Saturday, in a move which turned out be a deliberate false start because he had requested in vain to be scratched from that race. ‎

He was going to be expelled from the competition had he not pitched.

The 200m race – where Akani Simbine also qualified for the semi-finals – was Jobodwana’s main focus at the global championships.

Simbine clocked a personal best 20.23 seconds for a fourth place in his heat.

Tomorrow’s 200m men’s semi-final will headline an action packed day for Team SA where Wenda Nel will race in the women’s 400m hurdles final (2.10pm) and Wayde van Niekerk will fight for a medal in the 400m final at 3.25pm.

“The semi-finals is where the true test will be to be in the final,” Jobodwana said afterwards.

During the race Jobodwana had all the time to look around at his competitors in the final stretch.

“My coach [Stuart McMillan] told me to run hard, control the race and find where I am [during the race].”

Said Simbine after his race: “Running a personal best was the goal coming into this race. Whatever comes after this will be a blessing.”

For Jobodwana and Simbine to reach Thursday's final, they must make the top two in their respective heats or advance as the next two fastest times at the end of the three heats.

Meanwhile, the early birds can follow Caster Semenya as she will be bidding for a semi-final spot in the women’s 800m first round race at 4.25am.

Other South Africans who will be in action are Khotso Mokoena (triple jump from 4am); Antonio Alkana (110m hurdles first round at 5.20am).

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