Roto denied by wind

Updated: February 19, 2017

Thando Roto looks set to join the SA sprinting elite (photo credit: Reg Caldecott)

Thando Roto has shown he has what it takes to become a member of South Africa’s elite sub 10-second sprint club after being pushed under the barrier by a strong tailwind on Saturday.
The 21-year-old TuksAthletics prospect won the men’s 100m race in 9.98 seconds at a league meeting in Joburg.
Though he covered the short dash 0.20 quicker than his personal best, however, Roto’s time could not be considered as an official performance due to a +2.9 metres per second tailwind.
Nonetheless, the powerful speedster again displayed his immense potential, which could put him in line for a place in the national team at this year’s IAAF World Championships in London, provided he can replicate his effort in a non-aided contest.
“It was still amazing to finish a race and see that I have managed to dip under 10 seconds,” Roto said.
“I now know that on any good day I will be able to do so again.”