Is This 17-Year-Old Track Star From Japan The Next Usain Bolt? (Video)

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Usain Bolt is no doubt the fastest man on two feet. Even though pretty much all NFL players claim they can beat him in a race, it’s pretty hard to argue against a guy who cleaned house his past two appearances at the Olympics.

He burst onto the scene in the 2008 Beijing games, where he instantly became a household name and cemented his status as the most badass Jamacian on the planet.

When the games shifted to London in 2012, he proved once again that it doesn’t get better, crushing the competition and cruising along to golden glory. However, there appears to be a new challenger come 2016 in Rio. Meet 17-year-old Yoshihide Kiryu from Japan. He’s fast too. Just last week he hit the 100-meter dash in 10.01 seconds. Not bad.

With that time, he has tied the junior world record with Darrel Brown out of Trinidad & Tobago and Jeff Demps from the United States, also a former member of the New England Patriots.

Highly impressive for a kid still in high school. His next competition will be at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix, where he aims for a lofty 9.96 in the 100-meter. Good luck! He spoke to Hurriyet Daily News about his intentions heading into the event.

“Having come this far, I want to become the first [Japanese sprinter] to run under 10 seconds.”

“If I tune up thoroughly, I can run 10.00. … I want to run alongside [Usain] Bolt [at the world championships and see how he is different from me.”

You have to respect young Yoshi for not being scared to put himself up there with the best in the business. And come the next Olympic games in 2016, he should be ready to gun for the top. Watch out for your throne, Usain.

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