translated and edited by Brett Larner
A 9-second time would give Japan a jolt of momentum. 100 m sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu (18, Toyo Univ.) left Narita Airport for the World Junior Track and Field Championships starting July 22nd in Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A. Based on his experience at last summer's World Track and Field Championships and other accomplishments, Kiryu was named captain of the Japanese men's team at World Juniors. His first time playing such a big role, Kiryu was hopeful for the team's chances, saying, "I've never been captain before so I don't know how reliable I'll be, but I want everyone to have a great time racing."
Kiryu has fully recovered from the pain in his right foot that was
bothering him before last month's National Track and Field Championships and has set his sights on both Japan's first sub-10 clocking and the 100 m gold medal. With the men's 100 m getting underway on the first day of competition Kiryu will be butting heads with 9.97 American Travyon Bromell right from go. "I just want to enjoy competing," he said. "I'd love to drop the time but either way I'm aiming for the top. I want to bring the results and get into a good flow I can ride all the way." Along with the 100 m, Kiryu is scheduled to run second on the 4x100 m relay team.