Su-preme tal­ent runs the course

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By SHI FUTIAN shi­fu­tian@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nese sprint megas­tar Su Bing­tian once again showed the world he is the quick­est in China as he got an­other win­das­sisted sub-10-sec­ond 100me­ter run.

Su, the first Asia-born sprinter to run 100 me­ters in un­der 10 sec­onds, took fourth place in the men’s 100 with a wind-as­sisted 9.90 sec­onds at the third stop of the IAAF Di­a­mond League on Satur­day in Eugene, Ore­gon, in the United States.

US run­ner Ron­nie Baker won the cham­pi­onship in a wind-as­sisted 9.78 sec­onds.

Su’s pre­vi­ous per­sonal best, 9.99 sec­onds, was China’s na­tional record, which he claimed in 2015 at the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Ath­let­ics in Bei­jing.

Af­ter Su, 29, took the sil­ver in 10.05 sec­onds at the Shang­hai Di­a­mond League, the sec­ond stop of the IAAF’s pres­ti­gious global cir­cuit, Su said that he was ready to re­gain his record.

“It is just a start,” he said af­ter the Shang­hai race. “I hope I can be bet­ter and bet­ter in the fu­ture. I have told my coach that I wanted to show­case my best form in Eugene, even just a little progress.”

Al­though the 9.90 sec­onds is a wind-as­sisted record (+2.4m/s), Su has shown his mo­men­tum this year. He headed into the meet bol­stered by a great start to the year when he claimed the over­all 60-me­ter ti­tle on the IAAF World In­door Tour — a vic­tory that gave him the con­fi­dence that he is still a force to be reck­oned with.

“I told my wife last year I might call it quits this sea­son, but I found I still have dreams to achieve . ... Now I tell my­self to keep train­ing and, hope­fully, I can com­pete again at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” said Su ear­lier this year.

CRAIG MITCHELLDYER / GETTY IMAGES

Su Bing­tian com­petes in the men’s 100-me­ter race dur­ing the 2018 Pre­fontaine Clas­sic on Satur­day in Eugene, Ore­gon. It was the third stop of the IAAF Di­a­mond League.

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