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Kiryū Becomes First Japanese to Break 10-Second 100-Meter Barrier (News)

Fukui, Sept. 9 (Jiji Press)—Kiryū Yoshihide, 21, of Tōyō University became the first Japanese sprinter to run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds on Saturday. Kiryū poses with the board showing his Japan-record time following the finals of the 100-meter dash at Japan's intercollegiate track and field championships. Taken on September 9, 2017, at the Fukui Ken'ei Field. (© Jiji) Kiryū marked …

Japan’s Sani Brown Shatters Bolt’s Record—Becomes Youngest-Ever Men’s 200m Finalist (Japan in Photos)

On August 9, Japanese sprinter Sani Brown Abdul Hakim raced into the record books at the IAAF World Championships in London, topping legendary racer Usain Bolt to become the youngest-ever finalist in the men’s 200m. The 18-year-old Sani Brown will be 198 days younger than Bolt was when the Jamaican set the previous record of 18 years and 355 days at the 2005 championships in Helsinki, Finland.…

Japan’s 2016 Olympic Medal Winners (Photo Gallery)

Japanese athletes won a total of 41 medals (12 gold, 8 silver, and 21 bronze) at the 2016 Summer Olympics held from August 5 to 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was Japan’s biggest ever medal haul, topping the 38 won in London in 2012. Relive the key moments with the photos below. Swimmers Hagino Kōsuke (right) and Seto Daiya took gold and bronze, respectively, in the men’s 400-meter indiv…

Breaking the 10-Second Barrier: Sprinter Kiryū Yoshihide Aims to Make History in the Men’s 100 MetersTamesue Dai

In March 2015, Japanese sprint hopeful Kiryū Yoshihide of Tōyō University clocked an extraordinary—albeit wind-aided—9.87 seconds in the men’s 100 meters. Hopes are high for Kiryū to achieve Japan’s first official sub-10-second record in the near future. In this article Tamesue Dai, two-time IAAF World Championships bronze medalist in the 400-meter hurdles, offers expert insights into Kiryū’s sprinting and career.

Bringing the Games Back to Japan

On September 7, the IOC will decide which city will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Tokyo is a strong contender. We asked Takeda Tsunekazu, president of the Tokyo Olympic bid, to share his thoughts on the prospects for a second Tokyo Games and on sports as a human pursuit.

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