Hughes sets sights on longstanding Linford Christie record

By Sports Desk August 23, 2019
Great Britain's Zharnel Hughes. Great Britain's Zharnel Hughes.

Anguillan-born British sprinter Zharnel Hughes will take aim at the longstanding national 100m record of Linford Christie, at this weekend’s British Championships in Birmingham.

Hughes seems to be approaching close to his best form after clocking his personal best 9.95 at the London Olympic Stadium last month.  With the meet expected to act as the trials to make the British team for the World Championships, the athlete is also eager to make history.

Christie’s record of 9.87 was set 26 years ago, with Hughes’ personal best standing at 9.91.  The young sprinter is convinced the time remains very much in reach.

‘I’m definitely thinking 9.7 is possible. I’m not putting pressure on myself,” Hughes told Metro News.

 “I’m not putting any targets on anyone, I’m just focusing on myself and then fast times will come.  I’d love to get it [the British record]. I ran 9.96 in London at the Anniversary Games in the heats which was quite easy and I shut down from far out,” he added.

“I believe I can run 9.8, possibly a 9.7, but we’ll see. I’m not predicting for it to be this weekend, because I don’t know what the weather looks like and you have to take into consideration the way you execute.”

  

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