Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian became the first Asian-born athlete to run a sub-10 second 100 meters when he came in third at 9.99 seconds during a Diamond League event in the US on Saturday.
American Tyson Gay took the race in Eugene, Oregon upon clocking in at 9.88 seconds.
“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 after the race. “This is definitely a huge boost for me.”
Qatar’s Femi Ogunode still holds the record for fastest time by an Asian athlete after having clocked 9.93 at the Asian Games in South Korea last year. Ogunode was born in Nigeria and moved to Qatar to became a naturalized citizen just ahead of the 2010 Asian games in Guangzhou.
Watch the race here:
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