In an astonishing feat, Zharnel Hughes has shattered Linford Christie’s longstanding British men’s 100m record, prevailing with a remarkable time of 9.83 seconds in New York. Christie’s record, which had remained unbroken for an impressive 30 years since the 1993 World Championships, was surpassed by a margin of 0.04 seconds.
Expressing his anticipation, Hughes eagerly awaits the opportunity to meet Christie, shake his hand, and convey that this achievement was long overdue. With this accomplishment, Hughes now holds the fastest time in the world this year and the second-fastest time ever by a European athlete, trailing only behind Marcell Jacobs of Italy, who clocked 9.80 seconds to secure Olympic gold in Tokyo in 2021.
In a thrilling race at the New York Grand Prix, Hughes outpaced Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake, who finished with an impressive time of 9.93 seconds. The competition also featured Christian Coleman, the United States’ 2019 world 100m champion, who secured third place with a time of 10.02 seconds.
Guided by the experienced coach Glenn Mills, renowned for his role in Usain Bolt’s success, Hughes exhibited exceptional dominance in the final 50 meters, firmly establishing his supremacy over the field. Initially overwhelmed by disbelief upon seeing his time, Hughes derives great confidence from this performance as he gears up for the impending World Championships in Budapest, less than two months away.
Prior to this race, Hughes had previously achieved a personal best of 9.91 seconds in 2018. He described waking up that morning with a dream, fixated on attaining a time of 9.83 seconds. Witnessing his dream become a reality, Hughes expressed a mix of astonishment and elation, proclaiming, “What just happened there? It actually came through.”
The accomplishment places Hughes among a select group of British athletes who have broken the elusive 10-second barrier. Noteworthy among them are Linford Christie, James Dasaolu, Reece Prescod, Eugene Amo-Dadzie, CJ Ujah, Joel Fearon, Dwain Chambers, Adam Gemili, Jason Gardener, and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.
As Hughes revels in his achievement, his focus now turns to the British Championships, which will serve as the trials for securing a place in the world championships team. Taking place in Manchester next month, these championships present an important milestone in his journey. Looking ahead with optimism, Hughes acknowledges that anything is possible and expresses the thrill of knowing that his coach, Glenn Mills, will be elated.
The current fastest times recorded globally in 2023 are held by Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala (9.84 seconds) and the reigning world champion, Fred Kerley of the United States (9.88 seconds).
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about record-breaking
How fast did Zharnel Hughes run in breaking Linford Christie’s British men’s 100m record?
Zharnel Hughes clocked an impressive time of 9.83 seconds in New York, breaking Linford Christie’s longstanding record.
How long had Linford Christie’s British men’s 100m record stood before Zharnel Hughes broke it?
Linford Christie’s record had remained unbroken for an impressive 30 years since he set it at the World Championships in 1993.
Who previously held the British men’s 100m record before Zharnel Hughes?
The record was held by Linford Christie, who had set a time of 9.87 seconds in 1993.
What is Zharnel Hughes’ rank among European athletes in terms of the 100m sprint?
Zharnel Hughes currently holds the second-fastest time ever recorded by a European athlete in the 100m sprint.
Who ran the fastest time in the world for the 100m sprint in 2021?
Marcell Jacobs of Italy ran the fastest time in the world for the 100m sprint in 2021, clocking 9.80 seconds to win Olympic gold in Tokyo.
How did Zharnel Hughes react to breaking the record?
Zharnel Hughes was initially in disbelief when he saw his time of 9.83 seconds. He expressed astonishment and excitement, describing it as a dream come true.
What other notable achievements has Zharnel Hughes made in his career?
Zharnel Hughes is a four-time European champion and has previously won gold in the European 200m event and silver in the 100m.
Who is Zharnel Hughes’ coach?
Zharnel Hughes is coached by Glenn Mills, who is known for his work with Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt.
What are the upcoming events for Zharnel Hughes?
The British Championships, which also serve as the trials for the World Championships, will take place in Manchester next month, providing an opportunity for Zharnel Hughes to secure a place in the world championships team.
More about record-breaking
- BBC Sport: Zharnel Hughes breaks Linford Christie’s British men’s 100m record
- The Guardian: Zharnel Hughes breaks Linford Christie’s British men’s 100m record
- World Athletics: Zharnel Hughes profile
- Olympic Channel: Marcell Jacobs wins Olympic gold in the 100m
- Sports Illustrated: Zharnel Hughes breaks British men’s 100m record