13 July 1995 |
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100 m: 9.91s WL (Kingston 2018)
200 m: 20.02s (Beijing 2015)
400 m: 46.58s (Kingston 2017)
Zharnel Hughes (born 13 July 1995) is a British sprinter who specialises in the 100 m and 200 m. Born and raised in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla, he has competed internationally for Great Britain since 2015. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he competed for England despite Anguilla fielding a separate team, by virtue of his transfer at IAAF level to Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Hughes won a bronze medal in the 100 m competing for Anguilla at the 2012 CARIFTA Games in Hamilton, Bermuda, then gold in the 2013 CARIFTA Games in Nassau, Bahamas. He has been awarded a scholarship to attend the IAAF's Regional High Performance Training Centre in Jamaica. Hughes trains with the Racers Track Club in Jamaica alongside the likes of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Delano Williams.
He currently holds the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships record for the 100 m, with a time of 10.12s having taken the record from Yohan Blake. On March 13, 2015, Hughes made his Diamond League debut where he was commended for almost beating world champion Usain Bolt. On 24 July 2015, Hughes won the 200 m at the London Diamond League meet to take the lead in the Diamond League standings for the season.
On 27 August 2015, Hughes came 5th in the 200m at the World Championships in Beijing.
Hughes missed the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio due to a knee ligament problem sustained in a fall earlier in the season. He was named to the British team for the 2017 World Championships in London for both the individual 200m and 4x100m relay events.
Hughes is qualified to compete for both Great Britain and Anguilla due to his birth in a British Overseas Territory. In June 2015, it was confirmed that he would henceforth compete for Great Britain in all IAAF events. Hughes said “I have always known that if I was to run at the Olympics it would be in a British vest and that is how I have always dreamt it would be.”
|100 m||9.91 s (wind: +0.4 m/s)||Kingston||9 June 2018|
|200 m||20.02 s (wind: −0.1 m/s)||Beijing||27 August 2015|
|2010||CARIFTA Games (U17)||George Town, Cayman Islands||8th||100 m||11.14 (wind: +0.6 m/s)|
|2011||CARIFTA Games (U17)||Montego Bay, Jamaica||6th||100 m||10.96 (wind: -0.4 m/s)|
|2012||CARIFTA Games (U20)||Hamilton, Bermuda||3rd||100 m||10.41 w (wind: +5.7 m/s)|
|4th||200 m||21.26 (wind: +0.5 m/s)|
|Leeward Islands Junior Championships (U20)||Tortola, British Virgin Islands||1st||100 m||10.45 CR (wind: -0.1 m/s)|
|1st||200 m||21.26 CR (wind: -2.0 m/s)|
|3rd||4 × 100 m (exh)||45.91|
|CAC Junior Championships (U18)||San Salvador, El Salvador||2nd||100 m||10.46 (wind: -0.6 m/s)|
|1st||200 m||20.98 (wind: -1.5 m/s)|
|World Junior Championships||Barcelona, Spain||15(sf)||100 m||10.55 (wind: -0.5 m/s)|
|23(sf)||200 m||DNS (in heat 20.90 NR)|
|2013||CARIFTA Games (U20)||Nassau, Bahamas||1st||100 m||10.44 (wind: -0.4 m/s)|
|4th||200 m||20.77 w (wind: +3.4 m/s)|
|CAC Championships||Morelia, Mexico||7th||100 m||10.25 (wind: +0.5 m/s)|
|Pan American Junior Championships||Medellin, Colombia||1st||100 m||10.31 (wind: +1.8 m/s)|
|2014||CAC Junior Championships (U20)||Morelia, Mexico||1st||200 m||20.33 CR (wind: +0.8 m/s)|
|World Junior Championships||Eugene, United States||5th||200 m||20.73 w (wind: +2.3 m/s)|
|Representing Great Britain|
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||5th||200 m||20.02 (wind: -0.1 m/s)|
|2016||European Championships||Amsterdam, Netherlands||18th (h)||200 m||21.21|
|2017||IAAF World Relays||Nassau, Bahamas||3rd (h)||4 × 100 m relay||38.321|
|World Championships||London, United Kingdom||24th (sf)||200 m||20.85|
|2018||Commonwealth Games||Gold Coast, Australia||DQ||200 m||20.122|
1Did not finish in the final 2Placed first, but time not recorded and no medal awarded due to disqualification.
- Graham Fraser (1 April 2014). "Sprinter Zharnel Hughes may compete for Team GB at Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- "Anguilla wins two bronze medals at the CARIFTA Games".
- "Delano Williams: The Brit learning at the feet of Usain Bolt". The Independent. 23 April 2014.
- "Jamaican Champs: Zharnel Hughes Breaks Yohan Blake's "Champs" 100m Record With 10.12". LetsRun.com.
- "Zharnel Hughes broke Blake's record, is tipped as the next Bolt and wants to run for Team GB... because he likes the tracksuits". Mail Online. 12 April 2014.
- "Anniversary Games: GB's Hughes powers to 200m win in London". BBC Sport.
- "Zharnel Hughes: Great Britain sprinter will miss Rio Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- Commonwealth Games: Zharnel Hughes disqualified for hitting Jereem Richards
- British Athletics. "British Athletics Official Website - Eligibility for GB & NI confirmed".
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