Nelson Mandela University Luxolo Adams has made an impact in South African athletics this year, claiming the national 200m title and registering a notable win over national hero Anaso Jobodwana.
The 21-year-old Bestmed Madibaz club member showed his title in the SA champs was no fluke when he bested Jobodwana over the same distance in the Athletix Grand Prix meeting in Paarl last month.
He also proved he was capable of competing with the best when he beat American ace Justin Gatlin for third place in the 150m event at the Pretoria Grand Prix meeting.
In his schooldays, Adams was more interested in soccer before a video of Bolt competing in the 2008 Olympics made him change track.
“I was a goalkeeper before moving to the midfield,” he said. “But then I saw a video of Bolt setting world records in the 100m and 200m at the 2008 Olympics [in Beijing].
“I became so excited because I love sport. So I decided I wanted to do athletics.”
Thanks to coach Gerrie Posthumus and the Eastern Cape Academy of Sport, Adams said his recent performances had boosted his confidence.
“I have achieved things I only dreamt were possible and it has meant a lot to me,” he said.
While Bolt remains his role model, Adams praises his mother, Zoleka, for the support she has given him.
“She has played, and continues to play, a huge role in moulding me,” he said. “She is the best and means everything to me.”