May 10, 2013
Japanese sprinter quickly becoming online sensationYoshihide Kiryu says he's close to breaking 10-second barrier
By QMI Agency
And believe it or not, the teenager might just keep up with Usain Bolt, the current 100-metre world record holder.
Kiryu, a 17-year-old Japanese sprinter, became the co-holder of the under-20 world 100m record in a stunning performance at the Mikio Oda Memorial track meet in April, clocking 10.01 seconds in the race.
“It’s like a dream,” he told reporters after the race. ”Honestly, I am surprised,”
Even more surprising, Kiryu’s time would have seen him qualify for the 100m final at the London Olympic Games.
“Having come this far, I want to become the first (Japanese runner) under 10 seconds,” he said. “If I tune up thoroughly, I can run 10.00.”
The 10-second barrier has unofficially been broken around 80 times, but just once by an Asian. Samuel Francis of Qatar, finished in 9.99 at the 2007 Asian Championships.
Kiryu’s fastest time matched American Jeffery Demps, currently of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Darrel Brown, who ran a 10.01 in 2003.
“I want to run alongside Bolt (at the worlds) and see how he is different from me,” said Kiryu.
Currently the 100m world record holder at 9.58 seconds, Bolt recently disappointed at the Cayman Invitational, running to a win in a time of 10.09.