It may not have been the competition that Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium had originally been set to host in August 2020, but Japan’s leading athletes got a taste of the big time at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting, on Sunday (23).
Valiantly living up to expectations, hometown hero Abderrahman Samba blazed to a dominant 400m hurdles victory to highlight the second day of action at the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha on Monday (22).
Yoshihide Kiryu, the only Japanese man ever to have broken 10 seconds for 100m, lit up the Queensland Track Classic with a sprint double on Saturday (23), in the process, dragging one of Autralia’s emerging sprinters to a World Championships qualifying time in the 100m.
Yoshihide Kiryu and Ryota Yamagata – two members of Japan’s silver medal-winning 4x100m team in Rio – ran the fastest three times in Canberra history in the men’s 100m at the Summer of Aths meeting on 11-12 March.
The Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki will feature two world champions in the shape of Canada's Shawn Barber in the pole vault and USA's Tianna Bartoletta in the long jump, as well as a number of medallists from the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 at the third IAAF World Challenge meeting of 2016 on Sunday (8).
At the Golden Grand Prix next month, Japan’s two most prodigious sprinters will face each other for the first time as Yoshihide Kiryu and Abdul Hakim Sani Brown compete over 100m at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Kawasaki on 8 May.
There is just over a week to go before the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015, which will be held in Nassau on Saturday and Sunday 2-3 May.
When it comes to wind-assistance, it is definitely possible to have too much of a good thing.
The best young athletes from nearly 200 countries will soon be on their way to Eugene for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, which begin in exactly one week’s time on 22 July.
With all eyes on Japan's newly minted teenage sprint hero Yoshihide Kiryu, US sprinter Michael Rodgers calmly ran away with the men's 100m to break Japanese hearts a little at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, in Tokyo on Sunday (5).
It won't take a Bolt of lightning to generate excitement in the men's 100m at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, in Tokyo on Sunday. The prospect of the first Japanese breaking 10 seconds, and maybe an Asian Area record - and a high school student, no less - already has the place buzzing.
Japanese teenager Yoshihide Kiryu has equalled the World junior 100m record* with a 10.01 (0.9m/s) clocking at the Mikio Oda Memorial in Hiroshima today (29).