Ryota Yamagata Sets a New Japanese Record for the Men's 100 Meters
June 11, 2021
Track and field athlete Ryota Yamagata (graduate of the Faculty of Policy Management/Keio University Athletic Association alumni) set a new Japanese record of 9.95 seconds to seal his victory while participating in the A Final of the men's 100 meters event at "Fuse Sprint 2021," which took place in Tottori City on June 6. His stunning performance makes him only the fourth Japanese athlete to complete the 100-meter dash in under ten seconds.
Mr. Yamagata has previously taken part in the Rio de Janeiro and London Olympic Games, taking home a silver medal at the Rio games as part of the 4X100 meters relay team. In recent years he has been beset by illness and injuries, but his victory in the 55th Mikio Oda Memorial Athletics Meet in April has prompted keen anticipation about his comeback.
Excitement is building about his further activities after breaking the Tokyo Olympic Games qualifying standard of 10.05 seconds at the Tottori athletics meet.
Ryota Yamagata during the men's 100 meters at the Fuse Sprint 2021 (courtesy: Photo Kishimoto)