- 短距離走者（後出 sprint は短距離走）
- NCAA ... Championships
- beat ～
- tail wind
- 陸上競技（後出 athletics meet は陸上競技大会）
- 達成する（後出 attain も同意）
- sub-10-second club
- range of motion
- have a ways to go
Need for Speed
Japanese sprinter and 2020 Olympic hopeful Sani Brown Abdul Hakim broke the Japanese record for the men's 100 meters on June 7, clocking a time of 9.97 seconds in the final of the NCAA Division 1 Championships in the U.S. city of Austin, Texas.
Sani Brown managed to beat the previous record by 0.01 second with a tail wind of 0.8 meters per second. "I stayed calm and ran my race," the rising track star said. As for setting a new national record, he added, "To be honest, it hasn't really hit me." The previous Japanese record was 9.98 seconds with a tail wind of 1.8 meters per second, set by Kiryu Yoshihide at age 21 in 2017. The current world record is 9.58 seconds, notched by Usain Bolt in 2009.
Sani Brown competed in three races on June 7, placing third in the men's 200-meter sprint with a Japanese national second-best time of 20.08 seconds. Running second, he also led his men's 400-meter relay team to victory with a total time of 37.97 seconds -- the fastest in the world this year.
Just under a month before that, the 20-year-old became the second Japanese sprinter to join the sub-10-second club with a time of 9.99 at an intercollegiate athletics meet, where he met the requirements for participating in the Tokyo Games. Bolt was 21 the first time he broke the 10-second barrier.
Sani Brown's record performances were a result of courage to train overseas. After graduating from a Tokyo high school, he attended the University of Florida's support system, which had various skills and training specialists. He began a core training program similar to Pilates to gain more flexibility and range of motion.
However, the budding star still has a ways to go before he can reach the top spot globally. The winner of the 100 meters on June 7, Divine Oduduru, set a season best of 9.86 seconds, crossing the finish line a full meter ahead of Sani Brown, who came in third. Sani Brown's 9.97-second run was the equivalent of the 15th fastest last season.
Nevertheless, for Sani Brown and his quest to break Usain Bolt's world record, attaining Japan's top time in the 100 meters is a stop along the way to greater things. After the June 7 race, he said, "I think I can run a little faster. I can set another record."
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