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Zharnel Hughes broke the British 100m record with incredible run but claims he can be ‘a lot faster’

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Jun 26, 2023
Zharnel Hughes broke the British 100m record with incredible run but claims he can be 'a lot faster'

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Zharnel Hughes has set his sights on an even faster time on the track after he broke the British 100m record.

The Anguillan-born sprinter set an incredible time of 9.83 seconds at the New York Grand Prix on Saturday.

Hughes [second left] set a new British record for the 100m

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Hughes [second left] set a new British record for the 100mCredit: Getty
He is now eyeing even better time despite his recent success

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He is now eyeing even better time despite his recent successCredit: Getty

Such an effort saw him become the fastest British runner ever, beating Linford Christie’s 30-year record of 9.87 seconds.

Hughes has also set the fastest time in the world so far this year, but believes he can do even better when back on the track.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT about his outstanding race at the weekend, he said: “It felt like a good run.

“There is still some stuff that my coach and I are finding out that can be fixed. This week we’re looking to iron out those little bits, hopefully we can get a much cleaner race, coming soon.

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“It felt pretty fast, but it can be a lot much faster.”

It’s clear that Hughes is confident in his abilities having won gold in the 200m and silver in the 100m at last year’s European Championships.

He has now etched his name in history, but revealed that setting such a record was not his primary focus in New York.

“I just went there to compete,” he said. “I wrote the time down but once the book was closed, I forgot about the book.

“I just went out there, stayed relaxed, just telling myself that I need to just go through my phases correctly, trust my speed and I’ll be fine.

“I wasn’t going out there to say I need a Great British record or anything, I just wanted to run fast.”

Hughes trains under Glen Mills, the head coach of the Racers Track Club in Jamaica.

Clubmates include Yohan Blake and Delano Williams as well as the fastest man on Earth, Usain Bolt.

Hughes trains under Mills, who was also coach to the legendary Bolt

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Hughes trains under Mills, who was also coach to the legendary BoltCredit: Getty

Such expertise has surely helped guide Hughes to success, with the 27-year-old praising the relationship that he shares with his coach.

“I’ve been working with coach Mills since I came to Jamaica when I was 16-years-old. It took me some time to get adjusted to his programme and stuff because I never had anything there back home.

“For me, coach Mills is just a great person, a good person to talk with off the track as well. We have a great relationship so I think that’s why we click so well.

“His enthusiasm to help his athletes become greater, successful athletes, it just helps me to stay grinding and running to the best of myself, I think that’s why we click so well.”

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