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Anaso does the job
- Updated: June 15, 2012
Eastern Cape athlete Anaso Jobodwana has provisionally qualified for the Olympic Games in the men’s 200-metres after dipping under the 20.55sec Olympic qualifying mark at the 17th International Athletics Meeting in Honour of Miners Day in Velenje, Slovenia on Thursday.
Still a teenager and until recently based in the United States, he was up against athletes from six different countries and won in 20.50sec against a headwind of 0.7m/sec.┬áSteven Colvert from Ireland came second in 20.57sec with Jamaican Ainsley Waugh crossing the line third in 20.58sec.┬áAnother South African Wayde van Niekerk competed in the same race and finished fifth overall (20.91sec) as he continues his comeback from a hamstring injury.
Jobodwana’s first qualifier was at the Mississippi Open in Oxford, USA on 14 April where he clocked a quick 20.32sec, ranking him the fastest athlete in South Africa this season. At the time he was still a student at Jackson State University where he studied Sports Administration, but recently returned to South Africa due to the university system not allowing him to compete on the European circuit.┬á The 19-year-old came third at the SA Junior Championships in 2010 and is currently ranked number 18 in the world.
Elroy Gelant won the men’s 5000m ahead of Abdi Naeeye (Ned) and Joilson Da Silve from Brazil.┬á Gelant did not reach the qualifying standard of 13:20 with the clock reading 13:46.17 as he crossed the line.┬áNageeye and Da Silva clocked 13:58.11 and 13:58.89 respectively.
In the men’s 800m, Johan Cronje finished second behind Zan Rudolf (Slo) with El Amine Mouchine (Mor) crossing the line just after him in 1:46.93.┬á Rudolf won in 1:46.79 with Cronje crossing the line in 1:46.87.
Ruan Greyling finished fourth in the men’s 400m clocking 46.55sec.┬áThe winning time was 45.70sec by Marco Vistalli from Italy.
Patience Ntshingila, Claudia Viljoen and Estie Wittstock were amongst the South African women that competed in Sweden.┬áRunning the 400m, Wittstock crossed the line in 52.99sec behind Italian national champion Maria Spacca (52.73sec).
Long jump World Championships silver medallist Olga Kucherenko (Swe) won the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.90m in the third round ahead of Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic and South African Patience Ntshingila.┬á Spanovic finished with 6.53m while Ntshingila’s attempt of 6.19m in the final round of the women’s long jump ensured her the third position.
Claudia Viljoen finished 10th overall in the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.84sec.┬áThe winning time was 13.11sec by Beate Schrott (Aut).