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South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana burns world 100m Champion Justin Gatlin

South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana burns world 100m Champion Justin Gatlin

The second Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series event held at Tuks Athletics Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on Thursday, 8 March 2018 saw Anaso Jobodwana defeat world 100m Champion, Justin Gatlin in the 150m Men’s race.

Jobodwana started celebrating 20 meters before the line, knowing that he had claimed one of the biggest victories of his career in a time of 15.08sec ahead of Roscoe Engel (15.17sec) and Luxolo Adams rounding out the top three (15.18sec). Gatlin had to settle for 4th (15.23sec), but that did not stop the American from spending time with the crowd and posing for endless pictures.

“It’s all about the fans,” said Gatlin. “They are the reason why we race”.

Jobodwana had just become a father the day before. “Before the race I was just thinking about the last two years (he had struggled with injuries), my wife in America and my son being born yesterday. All that gave me the power to execute and run my race. I am very happy, as I am almost back to where I was.”

Gatlin was gracious in defeat, praising Jobodwana. “He ran a great race and it is good to see him running so well again. Next time I hope to come through earlier, I did feel a bit jetlagged. So my coach told me to focus on my first 100m and see how I best finish the last 50m. I still felt I would win with 30m to go, but the legs came off. I usually open in May, so this was a bit early for me. But overall I am happy.”

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