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Jobodwana thumps Gatlin in 150m, while Semenya sets SA record

Written by: Matshepo Sehloho

In what seemed to be a mammoth task, South African Anaso Jobodwana emerged victorious by beating American 100m world champion Justin Gatlin in a 150m race at the Athletix Grand Pix event at the Liquid Telecom at the Tuks Stadium in Pretoria on Thursday.

The sprinter finished the race in 15.08 seconds way ahead of Gatlin who could only settle for fourth position in 15.23 seconds.

Jobodwana said he knew that the American wasn't in his best shape, but added Gatlin is a world champion and not many people have been able to beat him.

It was important for me going into the Commonwealth Games to feel comfortable in a race and know that I can finish strong and win.

β€” Anaso Jobodwana, South African athlete

Earlier in the evening, Caster Semenya brought the crowd to their feet when she shattered the oldest 1000m South African record by two seconds from 2:37.20 to 2:35.43 when she stormed to victory in her race.

Semenya said she was a little behind, but she had to come back and the race was fantastic.


This article first appeared on 702 : Jobodwana thumps Gatlin in 150m, while Semenya sets SA record




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