Japanese sprinter Kiryu becomes fastest Asian runner

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NEW YORK: Japanese teenager Yoshihide Kiryu, world junior bronze medalist, clocked a wind-assisted 9.87-second victory at the Texas Relays athletics tournament in Austin on Saturday, becoming the fastest Asian sprinter under any conditions. Kiryu recorded the result under a 3.3-meter-per-second wind condition, exceeding the allowable 2.0 m/s, so his time is deemed invalid for official purposes, but the 19-year-old’s time is the fastest ever electronic performance by an Asian sprinter under any conditions.

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