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Watch out Khairul Hafiz, this Japanese sprinter just smashed the 10-second barrier

On Saturday, 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.

“I’m thrilled to have done it in my last 100 race of the season,” Kiryu was quoted as saying by Japan Times. “I’d been stuck for four years and I managed to rewrite my own record at last.”

“I’m on the starting block of the world now that I’ve run a nine. I’m so grateful to my coach and trainer.” the 22-year-old said.

Yoshihide Kiryu is one of the many tough opponents that Malaysia’s Khairul Hafiz Jantan might have to face in the impending 2018 Asian Games.

At only 19, Khairul Hafiz was crowned the fastest man in Southeast Asia after outclassing his rivals at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August. Khairul Hafiz clocked 10.38s at the 100m race to bag gold.

After the KL SEA Games, Khairul Hafiz, also known as the Speedy Jantan, said he will shift his focus towards the Commonwealth and Asian Games – and aspires to take Malaysia’s athletics to greater heights.

Malaysia last won gold in the Asian Games men’s 100m 35 years ago in 1982 through Datuk Rabuan Pit, and the Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) is looking to change that with Khairul Hafiz.

However, heading into Asian Games, things will inevitably be more challenging for the youngster, especially with the rise of prolific sprinters all over Asia.

Khairul Hafiz is currently taking a break from all competitions to focus on recovering from an injury he picked up at the 2017 KL SEA Games at the end of his 100m race.

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