Asian Games: Japan sprint sensation Kiryu out after injury

Japan`s teenage sprint sensation Yoshihide Kiryu has withdrawn from this month`s Asian Games in South Korea with a torn left hamstring, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said on Tuesday.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 09, 2014, 16:38 PM IST
Asian Games: Japan sprint sensation Kiryu out after injury

Tokyo: Japan`s teenage sprint sensation Yoshihide Kiryu has withdrawn from this month`s Asian Games in South Korea with a torn left hamstring, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said on Tuesday.

A scan confirmed the worst for the 18-year-old gold medal prospect, who sustained the injury after winning a collegiate 200 metres race at the weekend, Japanese officials added.

Kiryu, who clocked 10.01 in the 100 metres as a schoolboy last year, had been poised to compete in the 100 and 4x100 relay at the Asian Games, which begin in Incheon on September 19.

"I`m deeply disappointed because this was the biggest competition of the year for me," Kiryu said in a statement. "I am very sorry to let everyone down."

Kiryu has been tipped to become the first Japanese runner to break the 10-second barrier. Koji Ito ran 10 second flat in winning the 1998 Asian Games title in Bangkok.