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China’s Su Bingtian runs historic sub-10-second 100m

Reuters, EUGENE, Oregon

China’s Su Bingtian, right, runs in the Seiko Golden Grand Prix men’s 100m competition at the Todoroki Athletics Stadium in Kawasaki, Japan, on May 10.

Photo: AFP

China’s Su Bingtian became the first Asian-born athlete to run a sub-10-second 100m when he finished third in the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday.

The 25-year-old clocked 9.99 seconds in a race won by American Tyson Gay in 9.88.

“I am so proud for my result. I can write my name into history now and will work harder and run faster,” Su told Xinhua news agency. “This is definitely a huge boost for me.”

However, Su’s time is not the fastest by an Asian athlete, with Qatar’s Femi Ogunode having clocked 9.93 at the Asian Games in South Korea last year on his way to a sprint double.

Ogunode, though, was born in Nigeria and moved to the Gulf state in 2009, becoming a naturalized citizen a year later, in time to race at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, where he won the 200m and 400m titles.

Japanese teenager Yoshidie Kiryu ran a wind-assisted 9.87 at a meeting in Texas in March, indicating his ability and a sign that Su’s milestone might soon be surpassed.

Su’s compatriot Zhang Peimeng had held the previous fastest time for an Asian-born athlete with the 10 seconds flat he clocked at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, and Su hoped they would be able to replicate that at this year’s worlds in Beijing.

“In Moscow, Zhang Peimeng was ranked ninth with 10 seconds, which made me feel that we are very close to entering the top eight and beating 10 seconds,” Su said.

“I hope in this year’s World Championships I can work some miracles for my country in the 100m and 4x100m relay,” he added.

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