JTG 5-A-Day

Meet the Japanese Bullet Train; Emmanuel’s American Dream; World XC highlights video; Your JTG 5-a-day

Japan’s bullet train

Remember the name: Yoshihide Kiryu. The 19-year-old Japanese wunderkind clocked a sensational 9.87 seconds (with a +3.3 wind) for the 100m at the Texas Relays last weekend, defeating Olympic finalist Ryan Bailey. “I’m stunned,” Kiryu said after the race. “Although the time was wind-aided, it’s important to have the experience of a sub-10 time. I believe expectations [to run under 10 seconds with a legal wind] will fall on me once I return to Japan, so I need to run well.” Story about this young sprint sensation via The Japan News here.

Emmanuel’s America Dream

British miler Lee Emmanuel spoke to Spikes today about his decision to move to America to chase the dream of becoming a world class miler in the NCAA system, and why his progress occasionally stalled but how he eventually thrived in the system. “One day I just decided I wanted to try go out to the States,” he says. “I always knew I wanted to train seriously again and was not quite ready to get a full time job. I started training my last year at Hallam with the main aim being to get a scholarship to an American University.” A must-read for all those wanting to follow in his footsteps.

Controversial Indian Sprinter can run while awaiting result

Dutee Chand caused controversy while competing against women despite having high levels of a male hormone, something which saw athletes ruled ineligible for female competition in the wake of the Caster Semenya case in 2009. Chand was originally barred from competition by the Athletics Federation of India because of “hyperandrogenism.” Her body naturally produces testosterone above guidelines set by the IAAF governing body, but while awaiting the decision of her appeal from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, she is allowed to run. Story here.

The warm-weather trainer; an in-depth interview

Yesterday, we decided the time was ripe for a feature interview with one of Ireland’s best mediocre athletes as he chased the dream in the Portuguese sun; This 100pc genuine interview was the result.

Race video round-up

Track&Field report has compiled this extremely handy seven-minute roundup of all the important action from last weekend. Were you too exhausted to get up at dawn to watch the World XC, or somehow missed Genzebe Dibaba’s world record attempt in the Carlsbad 5k. Fear not; it’s all here.

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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
His banter levels are often poor, occasionally exceptional.

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