Jun 3, 2015

Injury could keep sprinter Kiryu out of world championships

Yoshihide Kiryu could miss the athletics world championships in August in Beijing after Toyo University said Wednesday that the sprinter will be unable to train for six weeks due to a right hamstring strain. According to the university, Kiryu sustained the injury last Saturday ...

Apr 18, 2015

Kiryu places third in 200-meter race

Sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu settled for third in the men’s 200 meters on the opening day of the Oda Memorial International meet on Saturday. Kiryu clocked a time of 20.80 seconds with a tailwind of 1.5 meters per second to finish behind Kenji Fujimitsu and ...

Kiryu focused on improving

Apr 6, 2015

Kiryu focused on improving

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The hype is similar to what it was two years ago, when he ran a 10.01 in the 100 meters as a high school senior. But Yoshihide Kiryu is a different sprinter now, one who is still in the middle of a developing process. ...

| Sep 9, 2014

Sprinter Kiryu withdraws from Asian Games

Japan’s teenage sprint sensation Yoshihide Kiryu has withdrawn from this month’s Asian Games in South Korea with a torn left hamstring, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said on Tuesday. A scan confirmed the worst for the 18-year-old gold medal prospect, who sustained the ...

Star sprinter Kiryu doubtful for Asian Games

| Sep 8, 2014

Star sprinter Kiryu doubtful for Asian Games

Teen sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu is doubtful for the Asian Games after suffering a torn left hamstring, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said Monday. The 18-year-old Kiryu, carrying the hopes of becoming the first Japanese to run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds, ...

Kiryu claims bronze in men's 100m at junior worlds

Jul 24, 2014

Kiryu claims bronze in men's 100m at junior worlds

Teen sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu gave Japan its first medal at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships on Wednesday. The 18-year-old Kiryu clocked 10.34 seconds in the men’s 100-meter final to earn the bronze at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Kiryu’s third-place finish earned Japan ...

Gatlin urges Kiryu to believe in his ability

May 10, 2014

Gatlin urges Kiryu to believe in his ability

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin has told Japanese sprinters that posting a sub-10-second mark is a feat, but ultimately not difficult to achieve. If you have the right mind-set, he believes, it will come. Speaking at a Saturday news conference for Sunday’s Golden Grand ...

Fukushi, Kiryu honored by JAAF

Dec 17, 2013

Fukushi, Kiryu honored by JAAF

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Veteran long-distance runner Kayoko Fukushi received the athlete of the year trophy and high school sensation Yoshihide Kiryu also grabbed the spotlight with two accolades at the annual JAAF Athletic Awards on Tuesday. Fukushi, who nabbed the award for the first time, claimed a ...

Kiryu reflects on special year

Dec 4, 2013

Kiryu reflects on special year

by Kaz Nagatsuka

It feels like track phenom Yoshihide Kiryu has been in the spotlight longer than he has been. But his breakout year was 2013, which is, of course, this year. Yes, it was only seven months ago that many first heard this teenager’s name. Kiryu, ...