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Injured Jobodwana in race for fitness after surgery

By Mark Etheridge

Team South Africa’s sprint sensation at the London Olympics two years ago, Anaso Jobodwana is injured and set to miss out on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this year.

Jobodwana, who made the final of the men’s 200-metre event in London two years after a meteoric rise through the sprint ranks, is currently back in South Africa from his United States base.

“I had surgery for an inguinal hernia here in Rosebank on Monday and I start rehabilitation on Monday,” he told Road to Rio 2016.

“So for now I’ve ruled out all thoughts of competition so that I don’t unnecessarily rush the rehab process,” he went on to say.

“The doctors reckon that rehabilitation will last a period of six weeks.”

At first it was thought that the Eastern Cape born youngster had two hernias in the groin area. “But they did some more tests and it was only one. I’m doing the first bit of rehab here in South Africa and then head back to Jackson State University, Mississippi in the second week of June.”

Jobodwana raced to a sprint double at the World Student Games in Kazan, Russia last year before going on to finish sixth in the men’s 200m final at the World Championships in Moscow, later in the year.

If Jobodwana were to qualify for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he would celebrate his 21st birthday during the Games, on 30 July.


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