6 )                Anaso Jobodwana vs Wilfried Hua Koffi

These two will slug it out in the men’s 200m. While Anaso Jobodwana is South Africa’s 200m record holder with 19.87s, so is Koffi for Ivory Coast with a time of 20.25s.

Both of them equally compete in the 100m, but it seems as though 200m is their comfort zone where they have witnessed more glory, particularly 2015 will be a year they will pen down in their respective diaries.


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Both Jobodwana and Koffi will be hoping to be Africa’s shining light in the men’s 200m this year



Jobodwana was only beaten by Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin as he came through to win bronze at last year’s World Championships, while Koffi had a dominant outing winning at the 2015 African Games.

An interesting feature in their resume is that at different times, they won the 200m University Games title, with Koffi last year succeeding Jobodwana in Gwangju.

South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana was inspired to set a Personal Best after running alongside the world's fastest man Usain Bolt. (Photo Credit: Making of Champions/PaV Media)
South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana was inspired to set a Personal Best after running alongside the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. (Photo Credit: Making of Champions/PaV Media)

Jobodwana has gained more international recognition than Koffi but there is no stated rule that the latter can’t upstage him. The 2014 African Championships double GOLD medallist will be aiming to successfully defend his title in June, and will be doing so against Jobodwana in Durban.

Koffi might not be pulling the weights Jobodwana now commands on international circuits, but here in Africa he has held his own and is undoubtedly an athlete to keep tabs on.

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Koffi did the double at the 2014 AAC in Marrakech

So Jobodwana better not rest on his oars feeling that he will  nail the 200m this year. Koffi will give in equal measures whatever he gets as he aspires to roar himself to reckoning again.

Do you agree with us on the rivalries we think would stand out on the continent this year, or are there those you think should be included?

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.



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