British sprinters on fire
ZHARNEL HUGHES AND DINA ASHER-SMITH OPEN THEIR SEASONS IN STYLE
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