Yupun dazzles with 10.08 in Ostrava


Just six days after his South Asian record breaking effort, Olympian Yupun Abeykoon continued his amazing run with a sizzling 10.08 seconds in the 100m at the Ostrava Golden Spikes Competition held in Czech Republic on 31 May.

The Italian-based sprinter competed with world class runners, which including Olympic Gold medallist Yohan Blake of Jamaica and reigning Commonwealth Gold medallist Akani Simbine of South Africa. He finished fifth running into a headwind of -1.2 m/s.

United Kingdom’s Reece Prescod won the race clocking 09.93 seconds, while Blake finished second with 10.05. UL’s Zharnel Hughes finished third also with a time of 10.05 seconds.

Yupun, who is currently ranked 65 in the world, is set to break into the top 50 with this performance, and is also set to break into the 2022 World Athletics Championship 100m shortlist.  

Yupun started the season with a new Asian record in the 150m clocking 15.16 seconds. He then clocked a wind aided 10.04 seconds in the 100m on 18 May in Italy. On 22 May, he shattered the South Asian 200m record clocking 20.37 seconds, and three days later, on the 25th, he broke the South Asian 100m record of 10.06 seconds in Germany before running in Ostrava six days later.