We are excited to announce that Anaso Jobodwana is joining Altis. Hailing from South Africa, the 22 year old has already made his mark on the world scene, reaching finals in both the 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 World Championships. A graduate of Jackson State University, Jobodwana is an athlete tipped to impress: “Anaso is a super elastic young sprinter” said Andreas Behm: “It is like watching a pogo-stick run down the track. Despite being fairly new to the sport he has already made a World Champs final in the 200m. His long term potential is scary!”
We talked with Anaso to find out more.
Anaso, thank you for joining us – it’s great to be welcoming you to your new base at Altis. Let’s start with a bit of background – where are you from and what is your home-town?
Phakamisa Town-Ship in King William’s Town South Africa.
What School did you attend and what is your Degree in?
Jackson State University, Biology (pre-physical therapy).
What events do you compete in, and what are your PR’s?
100m: 10.10s 200m: 20.13s.
Have you competed in other sports?
Yes, I played rugby and tennis in high school.
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
Depending on where I am, I hang out with friends when I am back home and I like to read.
What has been the highlight of your career in Track & Field so far?
Reaching the Olympic Final in the 200m in London.
What’s your favorite movie?
Pursuit of Happyness.
How about your favorite meal?
Anything my mom makes, haha!
Who is your sporting hero?
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
I just have specific songs I listen to.
What’s on your playlist if you listen to music before competitions?
Some Kanye West, Jay-Z, Wale, J.Cole and a few of my favorite songs from home.
What are your career goals?
To compete with the best of the best.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
A lot, I want to be able to give back to my community and also help young kids back at home to be more than their environment. I’m also going into physical therapy.
What does Track & Field need to do to build its popularity in North America?
A lot more TV time, and also a chance for spectators to feel like they are a part of it.
What does success look like to you?
It looks like a book with all the pages filled up with the good times, the bad times and right at the end of a book, a list with all the goals ticked off.
What are the 3 most important factors that determine your success?
Learning, applying, perseverance, and love.
What motivates you to reach this success?
All that my parents have sacrificed for me to be in this position right now.
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
What can prevent you from succeeding in the future?
Not taking care of my body the best way possible.
Why did you choose to join Altis?
The coaching staff is great and my friend was telling how awesome it is. When I visited, the whole vibe was amazing and I knew that it is a place where I could learn more about the craft of running and master it the best way I can.
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
Learning and just training with a talented group of athletes.
Is there anything you are dreading?!
Anaso is on Twitter, you can follow him here.