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Impressive stuff from Jobodwana, Viljoen in Moscow
- Updated: August 16, 2013
Team South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana and Sunette Viljoen marched imperiously onwards during preliminary action at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Jobodwana went into Friday evening’s semi-finals of the men’s 200-metre event while Viljoen flew into the final of the javelin event.
A finalist in the 200m sprint at last year’s Olympic Games in London, Jobodwana only needed to end in the top three of his heat to make the semis but the Eastern Cape youngster left nothing to chance as he came home in an impressive 20.17sec.
That’s only 0.14sec outside the personal best he ran in the United States, earlier this year and the good news was that he was clearly nowhere near in full flight.
His time was 0.20sec ahead of runner-up Churandy Martina of the Netherlands.
Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt ran the seventh and final heat and won in 20.66. His biggest worry would have been a sore neck from all the left and right gazing to see how far behind the rest of the field was!
Jobodwana had the satisfaction of running the joint fastest time of the heats, his 20.17 being equalled by young British runner Adam Gemili, a personal best for him.
Meanwhile Viljoen needed a solitary throw to book her place in the final.
Needing to peg the spear at 61.50m to ensure automatic transit to the final, she unleashed a beast of a throw which quivered at the 64.51m markÔÇª job done, see you in Sunday’s final!
It was a season’s best for Viljoen and means she goes into the final with the third best throw, only Russia’s Maria Abakumova (69.09) and Aussie Kimberly Mickle, with a personal best of 65.73 having thrown further on the day.