Record-breaker Jo­bod­wana as he trains for up­com­ing IAAF World Cham­pi­onships

Fo­cus­ing on fun­da­men­tals

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWAGAE dmoth­owa­gae@city­press.co.za

Anaso Jo­bod­wana’s coach has re­vealed the recipe for trans­form­ing the 22-yearold ath­lete into one of the top 200m sprint­ers in the world. This af­ter the South African sprint sen­sa­tion low­ered Morné Nagel’s 13-year record of 20.11 to 20.06 on May 16 – then 20.04 two weeks later. In im­prov­ing his time, Jo­bod­wana fin­ished sec­ond be­hind 2004 Olympic cham­pion Justin Gatlin of the US at last week­end’s Di­a­mond League meet­ing in Eu­gene, Ore­gon.

Stu­art McMillan, who is known for de­vel­op­ing the most ef­fec­tive means of get­ting ath­letes to go faster, guides Jo­bod­wana at the World Ath­let­ics Cen­tre in Ari­zona, Phoenix, US.

McMillan, who is per­for­mance direc­tor and sprint coach at the cen­tre, told City Press from the US this week: “We spend a great deal of time and en­ergy on two pri­mary tasks – his me­chan­ics and pre­train­ing ther­apy.”

Com­ment­ing on whether Jo­bod­wana was closing in on a sub-20sec­ond run, McMillan said: “We do not set time ob­jec­tives.

“But we see Anaso as one of the top 200m sprint­ers in the world and ex­pect him to com­pete at the high­est lev­els for a long time to come. Anaso knows elite per­for­mance does not hap­pen overnight – it re­quires a pa­tient ap­proach, and he has the ideal per­son­al­ity to un­der­stand this.

“He is a supremely tal­ented sprinter. As you know, he had trou­ble with a num­ber of in­juries last year, so our pri­mary ob­jec­tive go­ing into the sea­son was to en­sure his health.”

McMillan boasts 22 years of pro­fes­sional coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and has per­son­ally coached more than 60 Olympians – who have pro­duced more than 30 medals be­tween them at six Olympic Games.

Ac­cord­ing to McMillan, the Eastern Cape-born sprinter is still a work in progress.

“His me­chan­ics were not good enough when he first ar­rived [at the cen­tre in Septem­ber 2014]. Although still a work in progress, he has im­proved sub­stan­tially. We take a very proac­tive ap­proach to our med­i­cal set-up.

“Anaso has at least 20 min­utes of ther­apy be­fore a train­ing ses­sion to en­sure his body is mov­ing in an ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner. We also en­sure that he has at least one 60-minute mas­sage per week and is on top of his self-ther­apy homework.”

McMillan added: “We are not push­ing a lot of vol­ume through him this year – just mak­ing sure that ev­ery­thing he does is of high qual­ity and ex­e­cuted in a me­chan­i­cally sound way.”

In Ari­zona, Jo­bod­wana’s train­ing part­ners in­clude reign­ing Olympic 110m hur­dles cham­pion and world record holder Aries Mer­ritt of the US.

Jo­bod­wana, a 2012 Olympic Games 200m fi­nal­ist, has al­ready qual­i­fied for this year’s In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) World Cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing, China, from Au­gust 22 to 30.

“Our goal for Anaso at the world cham­pi­onships is for him to make the fi­nals. Once there, any­thing can hap­pen,” said McMillan.

Jo­bod­wana claimed his first se­nior na­tional ti­tle in the SA cham­pi­onships in Stel­len­bosch in April. He will run the 200m at the Di­a­mond League in Oslo, Nor­way, on Thurs­day.

PHOTO: WORLD ATH­LET­ICS CEN­TRE

LIGHT­NING

Anaso Jo­bod­wana is cur­rently fo­cus­ing on his me­chan­ics and pre­train­ing ther­apy SPEEDY Ncinci Titi is mak­ing his mark in the US

PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES PHOTO: BACK­PAGEPIX

WAR­RANT OF­FI­CER An­drew Kelehe also kept the SA Po­lice Ser­vice flag fly­ing high with a Com­rades win in 2001 CONSTABLE The Rusten­burg­based Gift Kelehe en route to his Com­rades Marathon victory last Sun­day

PHOTO: WORLD ATH­LET­ICS CEN­TRE

POWER COACH Jo­bod­wana’s men­tor,

Stu­art McMillan

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