Zharnel Hughes targets world glory after regaining British 100m title and breaking Linford Christie’s 30-year record | Athletics News

Zarnell Hughes: “I will use this to push myself forward and become a world champion. It’s been a long journey to get back the title I last won in 2015. I want to thank my team, my coaches and all of them.” Thank you to everyone who came to support me. I will be back for the 200m on Sunday and hope the conditions get better”

Last Updated: 08/07/23 9:11 PM

Jarnell Hughes aims for world glory after reclaiming British 100m title

Jarnell Hughes has his sights set on a world title after becoming British 100m champion for the first time in eight years.

The new national 100m record holder, who last month broke Linford Christie’s time of 30 years, won in 10.03 seconds in torrential rain ahead of Reece Prescod on Saturday.

The sky opened up in Manchester just before the race and there was some power failure in the regional arena, as well as the BBC feed.

But Hughes has impressively targeted the World Championships in Budapest next month.

“I will use this to grow faster and become a global champion,” he said. “It has been a long journey to get back the title I last won in 2015. I thank my team, my coach and everyone who came out to support me.

“I will be back for the 200m on Sunday and hopefully the conditions will be better. I really must thank each and every one of the crowd for watching me in these terrible conditions.

“The slogan in Anguilla is rain, shine or shine, you perform regardless. I train in Jamaica sometimes in these conditions but I get wet, these conditions are the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Great Britain men's 100m record holder Jarnell Hughes says working with Usain Bolt's former coach Glenn Mills has been wonderful.

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Great Britain men’s 100m record holder Jarnell Hughes says working with Usain Bolt’s former coach Glenn Mills has been wonderful.

Great Britain men’s 100m record holder Jarnell Hughes says working with Usain Bolt’s former coach Glenn Mills has been wonderful.

Eugene Amo-Dadzi, an accountant who competes part-time and ran 9.93 seconds last month, came in third and is likely to get the final 100m spot for Hungary.

CJ Ujah, back from a drugs ban after testing positive at the Olympics two years ago – which cost Team GB silver in the 4x100m – finished fifth.

Dina Asher-Smith won the women’s 100 meters with a timing of 11.06 seconds. The final was delayed due to torrential rain which forced the athletes to go back inside.

Asher-Smith is preparing for next month’s world championships, which will also double as the British Trials over the weekend.

That’s well behind Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson’s world-leading time of 10.65 seconds, while Sha’Kary Richardson ran 10.71s on his way to winning the US Championships this weekend.

Asher-Smith’s personal best, and the national record set in 2019, remains 10.83 seconds – which she equaled last year when she finished fourth in Eugene.

He said: “It was probably cold in the Gateshead Diamond League but today we didn’t know if the race would go ahead or not, the wait, going out, coming in, the lightning, the wind.

“It’s the first time I’ve really had to make sure I stay focused which is good practice and it’s worth learning how you deal with it.”

Asher-Smith was never challenged, with rival and last year’s champion Daryl Neeta focusing on Sunday’s 200m as Imani Lancicott and Bianca Williams finished second and third.

Earlier on Sunday, Keely Hodgkinson reached the final of the 800 meters by winning her heat in two minutes 01.16 seconds.

The 21-year-old had finished second at the World Championships last year behind United States’ Athing Mu, who also won a silver medal behind Mu at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago.

She said: “When I said I was doing the British Championships everybody said, ‘Why?’

“Last year I missed it even though I was doing the 400m, but that didn’t excite me because it wasn’t my program. Everyone was taking it so seriously and I felt like ‘ I am not here.’

“I love doing the British Champs, which is another title in my kitty – hopefully – and I live here, it’s my training track too.”

Laura Muir, who split from long-term coach Andy Young earlier this year, won her 1500m heat as she looks to move on from a difficult period.

She added, “I feel like I can start enjoying it. That’s the most important thing.”

“It’s been tough. I’ve been physically injured before, and this year it’s been tough. I’ll take physical injury over this any day.”

Matthew Hudson-Smith, who won bronze in the 400m in Eugene last year, clocked 46.31s in Sunday’s final, while Holly Bradshaw missed out on Molly Cowdery in the pole vault to win her 11th British outdoor title.

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