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Jobodwana bolts his way into the Olympic 200m final
- Updated: August 8, 2012
By Mark Etheridge┬áin London
When Anaso Jobodwana grows up one day he’ll be able to tell his kids he once finished second to the athletics legend that is Usain Bolt.
It doesn’t matter that it was “only” an Olympic 200-metre semi-final, facts are facts and Jobodwana is now through to an Olympic 200m final on Thursday night.
Jobodwana ran a personal best 20.27 seconds to end behind Bolt who cruised home in 20.18.
Lining up in lane six he ran a controlled race to come through strongly and finish behind the legend in lane six.
The Eastern Cape athlete immediately went up to Bolt to congratulate him and Bolt turned to him, hugged him and said “Good job!”
“It was incredible to be running next to Bolt,” said Jobodwana afterwards. “I was actually pretty relaxed and just ran my own race.
“I need to work on a lot of technical little things so I’ll be concentrating on that before tomorrow.
“I certainly wasn’t expecting to make the final although I wanted both that and a personal best.”
And what’s the Jackson State University athlete expecting in the biggest race of his career? “Another PR (personal record), under 20.27.. that would be great.”