Athletics: Ryota Yamagata sets Japan national record with 9.95-second 100m

Kyodo -- Jun 07
Ryota Yamagata ran 100 meters in 9.95 seconds on Sunday at a race in Tottori in western Japan, shaving 0.02 off the national record set by Abdul Hakim Sani Brown in June 2019.

Yamagata was a member of Japan's 2016 Olympic silver medal-winning 4x100-meter relay team along with Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu and Asuka Cambridge. He became the fourth Japanese sprinter to run the 100 in under 10 seconds.

Kiryu became Japan's first sub-10 sprinter in 2017, followed by Sani Brown and Yuki Koike.

"I've wanted to break 10 seconds all this time, so I'm happy to have done so," Yamagata said after he won at the Fuse Sprint four days shy of his 29th birthday. "I felt this was a meet I didn't want to miss. I see the Olympics as being the real competition."

Yamagata has twice reached the Olympic semifinals in the 100. His personal best before Sunday was 10.00. But while others broke the 10-second barrier one by one, Yamagata has been beset by physical issues.

- Kyodo