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Runnerup Kiryu misses sub-10 mark

Kyodo

Sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu fell short in his bid for a sub-10 second mark and also settled for second in the men’s 100 meters at the Oda Memorial International on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Kiryu clocked 10.40 with a wind assistance of 0.2 meters per second and played second fiddle to Aska Cambridge, who won the race at Edion Stadium in 10.37. Naoki Tsukahara made a photo finish with Kiryu in second.

Kiryu was aiming for his first official sub-10 mark after running a wind-assisted unofficial 9.87 at a meet in Austin, Texas, last month.

“I was way too relaxed and not hungry enough,” said Kiryu. “My body straightened while I was running. I have to grow from the time I produced that wind-assisted unofficial sub-10 mark.”

Kenji Fujimitsu, who won the men’s 200 meters a day earlier but was feeling under the weather on Sunday, missed the race. Cambridge has a Jamaican father and Japanese mother.