Bri­tish sprint­ers on fire

ZHAR­NEL HUGHES AND DINA ASHER-SMITH OPEN THEIR SEA­SONS IN STYLE

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ZHAR­NEL HUGHES blasted to a world 100m lead of 9.91 and Dina AsherSmith im­proved her own UK 100m record to 10.92 last week­end as the bril­liant sum­mer of Bri­tish sprint­ing con­tin­ued.

Rac­ing on Usain Bolt’s home track in Ja­maica, Hughes was four hun­dredths of a sec­ond short of Lin­ford Christie’s long-stand­ing UK record as the 22-year-old joined James Dasaolu as joint sec­ond on the na­tional all-time rank­ings.

Hughes, who hails from the Caribbean is­land of An­guilla but com­petes for Bri­tain, emerged on the global scene when fin­ish­ing fifth over 200m at the 2015 World Cham­pi­onships. In March he fin­ished first in the Com­mon­wealth Games 200m only to be dis­qual­i­fied for a lane in­fringe­ment, but made no mis­take in Ja­maica last week­end as he beat for­mer world cham­pion Yo­han Blake and lead­ing Amer­i­can Noah Lyles in the JN Rac­ers Grand Prix meet.

He said: “I am feel­ing re­ally good, I have to give God thanks first for mak­ing this pos­si­ble and my team. My mum is in the stands so I want to ded­i­cate this to her and my team.”

Asher-Smith, 21, beat her own women’s na­tional record in Oslo as she fin­ished nar­rowly be­hind Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast (see p8), but three days later she beat Ahoure to win her event at the Di­a­mond League in Stock­holm in 10.93 (see p12).

The per­for­mances fol­low fine re­sults by Bri­tish sprint­ers like Reese Prescod, who won the 100m at the Shang­hai Di­a­mond League last month, while Jodie Williams, Bianca Williams,

Beth Dob­bin and Ash­leigh Nel­son were among a num­ber of Bri­tish women to pro­duce eye-catch­ing 200m re­sults last week­end (see Re­sults, p44).

Zhar­nel Hughes: world lead and UK all-time No.2 per­for­mance for 100m

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