Jobodwana versus Bolt: take 2

Anaso Jobodwana Jobodwana versus Bolt: take 2

South African sprint sensation Anaso Jobodwana will face Usain Bolt in the 200m world champs semifinals tonight in a repeat of the Olympic Games match-up in London last year.

The race starts at 7.48pm, SA time.

Jobodwana this morning won his heat in a time of 20.17 to set up a meeting with defending champion Bolt, who clinched his heat in 20.66 at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in Russia.

Jobodwana was Bolt’s runner-up during the Olympic 200m semifinals in London a year ago, a race in which the South African improved his personal best to 20.27.

His time in the qualifiers at Luzhniki Stadium this morning was ranked number one across the seven heats in which 55 sprinters finished the event.

The 21-year-old – with a personal best 20.13 – will have to up the pace against Jamaican superman Bolt who is bidding for a second medal after he wrestled back his 100m title in a season best 9.77 last Sunday.

The 200m semifinals field is made up of, among other contenders, London Olympics bronze medallist Warren Weir from Jamaica.

Weir is one of the four semifinalists who boasts a sub-20 season best with 19.79 alongside his compatriot Bolt (19.73) and Americans Isiah Young (19.86) and Curtis Mitchell (19.99).

In another event, javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen posted a season best 64.51m to advance automatically to Sunday’s final.

She finished second in her group and was third in the overall rankings.

Meanwhile, Khotso Mokoena will compete in the long jump final (from 5.30pm SA time) while Johan Cronje will line up in the 1 500m semifinals from 5.05pm.

Elroy Gelant will wrap up Team SA’s Day 7 action in his quest for a medal in the 5 000m final at 6.45pm.

» Catch the action live on SuperSport 6. Schedules indicated in this report are in SA time

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