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Jobodwana books his place in another World Championships 200m final
- Updated: August 26, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Anaso Jobodwana ran a personal best 20.01sec to book a place in the 200-metre final at the World Championships in Beijing, China on Wednesday.
Runing the third and final heat, Jobodwana ran a perfectly paced race to track Olympic champion Usain Bolt to a 1-2 finish.
Bolt ran a season’s best 19.95 for victory with Jobodwana hard on his heels and having the luxury of being able to glance to his left and right to ensure there were no late disappointments as the first two in each heat went through automatically.
Earlier Jobodwana’s teammate and joint SA 100m record holder Akani Simbine failed to progress as he ended seventh in the first heat.
He ran a strong bend but the field moved past in the final 50m and he could only finish in 20.37 as Britain’s Zarnel Hughes won in 20.14.
American Justin Gatlin had the fastest times of the semi-finals with his 19.87 victory in the second semi-final.
Jobodwana will now line up against Bolt in the final, just as he did at the London Olympics three years ago.
At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia he ended fifth in the the final with a time of 20.14sec.