South Africa’s latest sprint sensation, Phatutshedzo Shaun Maswanganyi, has been tearing up the track on the US collegiate circuit.
Here’s all you need to know about the 20-year-old rising star.
Born in Soweto, Maswanganyi attended high school at St Alban’s College in Pretoria.
In 2019 he earned 200m gold and 100m silver at the African U-20 Championships in Abidjan, and last year he broke the SA junior 100m record, clocking 10.06 seconds in Pretoria.
After matriculating from St Alban’s, Maswanganyi is now in his first season as a freshman at the University of Houston.
Under high-profile coaches Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic champion, and Leroy Burrell, a former 100m world record holder, he is thriving in his new environment with the Cougars track and field team.
Though Maswanganyi had turned heads by dipping under 10 seconds in the 100m event and 20 seconds in the 200m sprint earlier this season, those performances did not officially count due to strong tailwinds.
He came good at the weekend, however, clocking personal bests of 10.04 in the 100m and 20.19 in the 200m at a collegiate meeting in Texas.
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With his latest personal bests, Maswanganyi has booked his place at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
He joins countrymen Akani Simbine (9.91) and Gift Leotlela (9.94) under the 10.05 standard for automatic entry in the 100m dash, as well as joining Clarence Munyai (20.04) under the required 20.24 standard in the 200m sprint.
In superb form ahead of the multi-sport showpiece in August, he will also add some much needed depth to the injury-hit national 4x100m relay squad.