British athlete, Zharnel Hughes has broken Linford Christie’s British men’s 100m record set in 1993.
The 27 year old won the 100m record with an impressive 9.83 at the USATF NYC Grand Prix, USA – taking 0.04 secs off the previous mark of 9.87.
The race which took place on Saturday June 24 saw Hughes who had won the European 200m gold and 100m silver last year, beat Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake (9.93) to clinch victory.
On breaking Christie’s record, he said: “I always give respect to Linford. He always supports me every time I’m in the UK, and sometimes he helps out with my training sessions.”
God is good 🙏🏾— Zharnel Hughes (@zharnel_hughes) June 24, 2023
Beyond happy to break the British 100m record today.
Thank you to everyone for their support.
The work continues…. 💪🏾 https://t.co/LQVayWHuDA
“This morning I woke up with 9.83 on my mind. When I looked at the clock and saw 9.83, I don’t know if you saw my reaction, but I was like, ‘What just happened there?’ It actually came through.”
Zharnel now holds British men’s 100m record, while Usain Bolt remains men’s world champion with 9.58 – earned in 2009.