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9月23日号 陸上100メートル 桐生祥秀選手、日本初9秒台

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sprinter
短距離走者(後出 sprint は全力で走る)
intercollegiate meet
(ここでは)日本学生陸上競技対校選手権(intercollegiate は大学対抗の)
preliminary
速報の
final
確定の(後出は決勝)
pray
祈る
margin
pull out of ~
(ここでは)~を棄権する
hamstring
膝腱(ここでは太もも裏)
assure ~
確信して~に言う
compete
(ここでは)出場する
launch oneself ... blocks
(ここでは)スタートから飛ばす
pull a muscle
肉離れを起こす
overtake
追い抜く
strain
負担
enormous
非常に大きい
qualify for ~
~に入る(後出は~の出場資格を得る)
work on one's physique
体を鍛える
diet
食事
multiple
複数の
pave the way
道を開く

King Kiryu   

Kiryu Yoshihide, 21, became the first Japanese sprinter to break the 10‐second barrier, winning a 100‐meter race in 9.98 seconds on Sept. 9 at an intercollegiate meet in Fukui Prefecture. The previous Japanese national record of 10.00 seconds was set by Ito Koji in 1998.

    After seeing his preliminary finishing time of 9.99 changed to the final figure of 9.98 on the board, the Toyo University student jumped up and down with joy. "I prayed that (the official time) wouldn't be changed to 10.00 seconds. I'm so glad I managed to get across the line in less than 10 seconds, even if it was by a small margin," said Kiryu, who had been under pressure since he achieved the second best national time of 10.01 in 2013.

    Before the final, Kiryu even considered pulling out of the race due to some concerns regarding his left hamstring. But after his coach assured him that he would be able to compete, Kiryu was determined to launch himself out of the starting blocks in the final, at the risk of pulling a muscle.

    In the early part of the race, Kiryu found himself behind one of his rivals, Tada Shuhei, but quickly managed to overtake Tada, and sprinted on toward victory.

    The physical strain on any sprinter attempting to run 100 meters in less than 10.10 seconds is enormous. Kiryu had suffered many injuries since he was a junior high school student, even failing to qualify for the national team in 2014 and 2015. He didn't give up, however, working hard on his physique and also improving his diet.

    Now, multiple Japanese sprinters have a 100‐meter personal best of less than 10.10 seconds. However, the finishing time to qualify for finals at the Olympics and world championships has been around 10.00 in recent years. "I've only reached the starting line on the world stage," said Kiryu, who has paved the way for Japanese sprinters at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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