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Is Yoshihide Kiryu the next Usain Bolt?
Yoshihide Kiryu recently ran 10.21 & 10.19 for 100 meters as a 16 year old. Next year he’ll still be considered a Youth (16/17 year old)!
To put it in comparison, Jeff Demps ran 10.25, Ivory Williams ran 10.27 and Quincy Watts ran 10.30 all at the age of 17.
For Juniors (18/19 year old), Adam Gemili ran 10.05 as a rookie 18 year old, with the record going to fellow countryman Mark Lewis Francis with his 9.97 at age 19.
Here is Yoshihide Kiryu’s race video on YouTube:
One has to look at the comparison between Asafa Powell vs Usain Bolt.
Can you imagine having a 17 year old male sprinter on your team who runs 11.45 for 100 meters, then the following year as a freshman Junior he runs 10.50. 10.18 and 10.24 are the IAAF “A & B” standard so do you dare to write him off as “Nah, he’ll never be a world class sprinter” kind of attitude. Would YOU write him off?
It was only in his 5th year where he broke 10.00 in 2004 followed by his 9.77 WR in 2005 in Athens.
Even Michael Jordan was cut from his HS basketball team. Billionaire Richard Branson was labeled a “low achiever” because of his dyslexia.
Remember, Dallas Cowboys’ Emmitt Smith was 1st round but 17th pick! But Blair Thomas was 1st round 2nd pick and 1st running back! Where is Blair in the all time greats?
On the other hand, Usain Bolt was discovered early in his youth (we know his story by now). Yoshihide KIRYU is in that same class. Or is he?
Performance vs Potential
You can’t confuse performance vs potential.
One has to look at the NFL Football combine, and what you see is not what you get, in hindsight.
We have several examples from Youths who never live up to their expectations, and…
Remember Obea Moore? A 45.14 400 meters as a 16 year old!
And then there are late developers like Asafa Powell.
You can’t judge potential by numbers alone.. just ask any Venture Capital firm doing their due diligence when investing in a company. They go beyond the resume. Beyond the numbers. Beyond degrees and MBA’s.
In track, don’t go on certifications or degrees in coaching. For athletes, don’t rely on performance tests like the NFL combine.
Never underestimate training facilities. Stephen Francis’ MVP club has very poor facilities compared to a NCAA Div 1 school. The Rocky IV movie was a great example how crude facilities can win (thought it was just a movie).
Never underestimate character and mental toughness…
Stephen Francis said the performance environment is not designed for comfort. Hunger rules! Because the most important thing in an athlete is what he’s NOT telling you. What’s the drive? The hunger? The motivation?
Someone simply has to remove the obstacles so your true potential will shine.