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Xie Zhenye becomes China’s fastest man with blistering 100-metre sprint to break Su Bingtian’s record

The 24-year-old storms home to win at the Meeting de Montreuil in Paris and set a new national benchmark

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, 1:42pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, 1:42pm

China has a new fastest man after Xie Zhenye stormed to victory in 9.97 seconds in the 100-metre sprint at the Meeting de Montreuil in Paris.

The 24-year-old, who cut 0.02 seconds off Su Bingtian’s previous national record, said he was shocked by his effort but also determined to ensure it is not a one-off.

“I feel very surprised, I want to thank the blessings sent from so many,” Xie posted on Sina Weibo. “I will continue to work hard so that I can bring more excitement in the future.”

Xie slashed 0.07 seconds off his previous personal best, which he set with a 10.04 at the Chinese National Games last year.

His effort has created excitement in China, but it is still a far cry from the 9.58-second world record set by Usain Bolt in 2009.

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Xie beat home second-placed Akani Simbine (10.04) of South Africa with a tailwind of 0.9 metres per second, with Paul Camilo de Oliveira of Brazil third.

Su’s record had stood since 2015 and Xie is only the second Chinese sprinter to break the 10-second barrier. Xie also set the 200m national record last month in Japan.

Additional reporting by Xinhua