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Anaso aces 200m at Texas Relays… but tailwind is too strong
- Updated: March 31, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
It may be illegal but Anaso Jobodwana has run the fastest 200-metre ever by a South African athlete.
Running his first 200m since a hernia operation last year, the 22-year-old Eastern Cape express clocked 19.87 seconds at the Texas Relays meeting in Austin, United States.
The current South African mark for the 200m is 20.11, run by Morné Nagel.
Unfortunately, the fact that he had a following wind of 4.5 metres per second means that his time will always be listed as ‘assisted’.
Still, the fact that he’s dipped under 20sec will still be a huge boost for the 2012 Olympic Games finalist.
‘It sure felt good be be back running again after such a long time,’ the double University Games sprint champion told Road to Rio 2016 from his Phoenix, Arizona base.
‘Even though there was still a strong wind it was really surprising to see my time because I’ve been out from racing for so long.’
Asked if he had a specific target time for the rest of the season, building up to World Championships in China, Jobodwana said: ‘I really don’t have a specific target time, it’s all about executing properly for the next few weeks leading up to SA nationals and beyond.’
Jobodwana has competed at the Texas Relays before so knew what he was going into. ‘I knew it was going to be a very big crowd and I knew it was also going to be an elite field I’d be competing against – I liked that.
‘My coach was pleased about the result but he knows there’s still a lot to work on – and I agree with him.’
Had Jobodwana’s time been ‘wind-legal’ it would have been the fifth fastest time in the world last year. His current legal best is 20.13 from World Championships in Moscow two years ago.