Zharnel Hughes

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Zharnel Hughes
Personal information
Nationality  British
Born (1995-07-13) 13 July 1995 (age 22)
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Sport Running
Event(s) Sprints
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.[1]

Athletic career[edit]

Hughes won a bronze medal in the 100 m competing for Anguilla at the 2012 CARIFTA Games in Hamilton, Bermuda,[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5] On March 13, 2015, Hughes made his Diamond League debut where he was commended for almost beating world champion Usain Bolt.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] He was named to the British team for the 2017 World Championships in London for both the individual 200m and 4x100m relay events.[9]

In the 200 m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Hughes – competing for England – placed first in the final, but was disqualified for impeding the runner-up, Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.[10]

Nationality switch[edit]

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.”[11]

Personal best[edit]

Event Result Venue Date
100 m 9.91 s (wind: +0.4 m/s) Jamaica Kingston 9 June 2018
200 m 20.02 s (wind: −0.1 m/s) China Beijing 27 August 2015

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Anguilla
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
Representing  England
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.


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