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Jobodwana blitzes to bronze in the 200m to take SA’s medal tally to two in China
- Updated: August 27, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Anaso Jobodwana blasted to bronze in the 200-metre final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China on Thursday.
In taking third place in 19.87sec, the King William’s Town-born athlete broke countryman and new world 400m champion, Wayde van Niekerk’s national 200m record.
That had stood at 19.94sec and was set in Lucerne, Switzerland earlier this year. In the semi-finals, Jobodwana had run a 20.01 personal best to book his place in the final.
As the master of global sprinting, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt notched up the sprint double as he once again held off the threat of American Justin Gatlin to win in a world-leading 19.55 with Gatlin second in 19.74.
Jobodwana, who ended sixth in the 200m at the last world championships in Moscow two years ago, had the same time as Panama’s Alonso Edwards who ended fourth but judges gave the nod to the South African after breaking down times further to thousands of a second.
Gatlin had got off to a good start but as they hit the straight Bolt was already a few strides clear and never looked like losing.
Jobodwana’s time is the 32nd fastest every run in 200m sprint history.
The two medals (after Van Niekerk’s 400m gold) pushed South Africa to 10th on the medals table of 27 medal-winning countries this far in the championships. Kenya lead the way with 11 medals (six of them gold).
In the men’s triple jump, Commonwealth gold medallist Khotso Mokoena saved his best effort of the evening till last as he leapt 16.81m.
But it was only good for ninth as American Christian Taylor leapt a world-leading 18.21m to take gold.