Event: 100m, 200m
Born: King William's Town , South Africa
Height 1.87cm (6 ft 2in)
Weight: 70kg (155lb)
100m : 10.10
200m ; 19.87
-2012 Olympic Games 200m Finalist
-2013 World Student Games 100m Champion
-2013 World Student Games 200m Champion
-2013 IAAF World Championships 200m Finalist
-2015 IAAF World Championships 200m Bronze medalist
One of South Africa’s finest modern sprinters, Anaso Jobodwana, started his international career with an appearance in the 200m final at the 2012 Olympics games held in London. He made headlines as being the first South African in the modern Olympics to make it into a sprint final. The next year, Anaso continued his rise by winning a silver medal at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships where he represented Jackson State University. He made the final of the 200m final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships where grabbed fourth position, enough to earn him All-American honors. Later that year, at the 2013 World Student Games held in Russia, Anaso became only the second person behind Pietro Mennea of Italy to secure double gold in the 100m and 200m sprints. Finally ending his season with a semi-final berth in the 100m and his first final appearance in the 200m at the 2013 IAAF World Championships held in Moscow, Russia.
Unfortunately, injury hampered his progress in 2014. He underwent surgery and consequently, had to sit out the the whole season and miss out on the Commonwealth Games.
Picking up where he left off, 2015 was the year Anaso put himself amongst track and fields greatest sprinters. He started that season by being the first South African to run sub 20 in any conditions when he ran a windy 19.87 at the Texas Relays. he secured his first National championship title when he won the 200m with a time of 20.35. On his first trip to the Caribbean, he broke the then 200m South African record, winning the race in 20.06. A month later, he shaved another .02 off the record , running 20.04 at his first Diamond League race, beaten only by Justin Gatlin. He went on to end the season with a bronze medal performance in the 200m at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing behind Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt.
2016 and 2017 were years marred with injury and overcoming the obstacles that come with injury.