Back in September, Yoshihide Kiryu became the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m race after he clocked 9.98s at the finish line.
Kiryu set the record at the Japan National University Championships in Fukui, breaking Koji Ito’s national record from 1998. The tail wind was 1.8 meters on Saturday.
Inspired by the Japanese, our very own sprinting hero and SEA Games gold medalist Khairul Hafiz Jantan has expressed that he too, wants to outdo his personal best and smash the 10-second barrier.
Khairul’s current personal best is at 10.18 seconds, which is also the national 100m record.
“Yoshihide’s achievement has inspired and motivated me because there is a new challenge for me when competing abroad and Japan will be hosting the 2020 Olympics.” Bernama quoted Khairul Hafiz as saying.
“God willing, I will be able to achieve that feat,”
“My focus now is on the Asian Games. My target is to achieve Rabuan Pit’s achievement at the New Delhi Asian Games back in 1982 – to win the 100m gold.” he added.
The last time Malaysia won gold in the Asian Games men’s 100m was 35 years ago (1982) through Datuk Rabuan Pit, and the Speedy Jantan is ready to take on the challenge to bring the gold back to Malaysia.
Apart from the Asian Games, Khairul Hafiz will also be focusing on qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Good luck, Khairul Hafiz!