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Olympian Jobodwana back racing after nine-month hernia hiatus
- Updated: February 4, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Olympic 200-metre finalist Anaso Jobodwana has overcome the hurdle of a hernia operation last year and is easing his way back to full speed in early-season action.
The former Eastern Cape athlete missed the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland last year after having surgery in May for a hernia.
He had hoped to recover in time for Scotland but wisely opted to wait until he’d recovered fully before making his comeback.
The World Athletics Center athlete took part in a meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona – the Mountain T’s invitational meeting.
‘I did the 60metre race in 6.71sec,’ he told Road to Rio 2016 on Wednesday. ‘I came third… I thought I was actually fourth but it turns out I was third.’
The time is just 0.04sec shy of the 200m specialist’s best. After studying at Jackson State University in Mississippi, the King William’s Town athlete is now living in Phoenix, Arizona.
‘Considering that it was my first race since the hernia op, it went as well as it could be for someone who hasn’t run in a while. I’m putting my race patterning together and right now I’m rusty but my coach says it was OK for the first race.
‘Training is going well, I’m learning a whole lot about being a complete athlete, from the technical work to the nutrition and other stuff outside of the track.’
While at the World Athletics Center Jobodwana is being coached by Stuart McMillan and Andreas Behm.
Goals for the year aren’t that high a priority right now. ‘
‘I haven’t really set any yet, I’m just happy to be running again so I’m not putting pressure on myself. I haven’t run in nine months so I don’t really have any goals set in stone at the moment except for getting my race strategy in my brain and staying healthy.
‘I’ll focus on mostly the 200m again this year and I also plan to be back in South Africa to compete at national champs in April.’