Tuesday, July 12, 2016

JSU Tinsley and Jobadwana heading to Rio

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Former Jackson State sprinter Anaso Jobadwana is Rio bound after qualifying to compete in the 200 meter dash at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Jobodwana, who joins fellow Tiger alum Michael Tinsley as JSU standouts who are heading to Brazil, will compete in his second-straight Olympiad and will represent his home country of South Africa. In 2012 during the London Olympics, the then-sophomore posted an eighth-place result in the 200m finals, along with a time of 20.27 seconds.

Since then, Jobdwana has bettered his personal record in the 200m, most recently claiming the bronze medal during the 2015 IAAF World Championships at Beijing. His time of 19.87 seconds during the race currently stands as the South African record for best mark in the event.

Jackson State University's track and field star, Michael Tinsley is Rio bound after finishing third in the 400 meter hurdles finals Sunday evening during the 2016 US Olympic Trials. Tinsley posted a time of 48.82. Tinsley, who won the 400 meter hurdles silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics while setting a personal best time of 47.91, makes his second straight trip to the Olympics.

Tinsley, who won the 2012 Olympic Trails, posted a semifinal win (49.15) on Saturday.​ He followed up his London Olympics silver medal with a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

While at Jackson State, the Little Rock, Arkansas native became the first track and field Tiger to win an NCAA Division I title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2006.

In addition to Tinsley, JSU's Anaso Jobodwana is also headed to Rio to represent his homeland of South Africa in his second straight Olympics. In the 2012 Olympics, at age 20, Jobodwana recorded a personal best time of 20.27 in the 200 meter dash semifinals. The time was just 0.09 behind Usain Bolt, before finishing in eighth place in the finals.


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