If you have been following the “Track and Field” events at the Tokyo, you would have witnessed many firsts and surprises which would have amazed you. But this particular race is a little more special as it is history making.
Chinese sprinter, 32 year old Su Bingtian surprised the world when he was seen sprinting to the lead in the “Men’s 100m Sprint Semi Final”. He becomes the first Asian man in 89 years to make the final for this race. According to Channel News Asia, the last Asian to appear in the final was Japan’s Taka Yoshioka, who came last in the 1932 Los Angeles final.
According to CGTN, Su set a new Asian record in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 9.83 seconds.
Former Chinese men’s 110m Olympic gold medalist hurdler Liu Xiang congratulated Su on Sina Weibo: “You’re the man! 9.83 seconds!”
Even though Su didn’t win a medal at the finals, he has created history and one which will inspire another generation of Asian athletes to make the final and possibly win a medal in future Olympics.
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