Anaso Jobodwana overcame a disastrous start as he showed his top-end speed was back, snatching victory in the 100m in Durban last night.
He clocked a tame 10.21 seconds in the opening meet of the Athletics SA Speed Series at King’s Park stadium, even with a massive tailwind of 3.9 seconds to beat Emile Erasmus – 0.07sec behind.
Jobodwana, the 2015 world championship bronze medallist in the 200m, struggled with injury last year and raced only once – a forgettable performance in the 200m heats at the Rio Olympics.
His top-end speed was lacking horribly then, but last night he displayed a flash of his potential.
“It was not good,” he admitted afterwards, saying he had been practising block starts for only a week.
“I just said I’m going to run the race and then go back to the drawing board. I’m not too fazed, but obviously I must step it up.
“I’m just happy to be back in the mindset.”
Jobodwana said he was feeling no ill effects of the pubic bone injury that ruined his 2016.
“I’ve been training for three months without any hindrance.”
Elroy Gelant won the men’s 10 000m in 28min 16.54sec and declared he was happy with where he was in his build-up to the African cross-country championships in Uganda at the end of March.
Gelant, who clocked his 27:41.30 personal best in Durban four years ago, said he was still busy working on endurance, which meant the speed was still to come.
Justine Palframan had to work hard to beat Gena Lofstrand in the women’s 400m.
The men’s 1 500m ended in a sprint finish with Jerry Motsau, a World Student Games bronze medallist from 2013, edging Nkosinathi Sibiya by 0.15sec.