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, ...

IAAF denies Kiryu share of junior world record

Jun 15, 2013

IAAF denies Kiryu share of junior world record

The Japan Association of Athletics Federation said Friday that the International Association of Athletics Federations has decided not to recognize Yoshihide Kiryu as joint junior world-record holder in the 100 meters. The JAAF was informed Thursday that Kiryu’s 10.01-second time on April 29 would ...

Rising star Kiryu ready to make mark on track

Jun 11, 2013

Rising star Kiryu ready to make mark on track

by Kaz Nagatsuka

About this time last year, Yoshihide Kiryu was just an obscure sprinter who innocently hoped to be mentioned in Japanese track-and-field magazines, just like any other high school athlete. A year later, he’s the sport’s most sought-after man in among members of the media. ...