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Having shed the flashy, eye-catching pink shorts of his high school and grown his hair longer, Japanese sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu has begun a new chapter in his track career, aiming to step up to the next level in a new environment.

Kiryu, who shot to prominence when he notched Japan’s second-best time ever — 10.01 seconds — in the 100 meters as a student of Kyoto’s Rakunan High School last year, moved from Kansai to Kanto this month to enroll at Toyo University.

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