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Zharnel Hughes runs 9.83 to break Linford Christie’s long-standing British men’s 100m record


Great Britain's Zharnel Hughes in action
Four-time European champion Zharnel Hughes helped Great Britain to world 4×100 metre relay bronze last year

Zharnel Hughes has broken Linford Christie’s British men’s 100m record, which had stood for 30 years, by clocking 9.83 seconds in New York.

The 27-year-old took 0.04 secs off the previous mark of 9.87, which Christie set in winning the World Championships in 1993.

Hughes’ new record is also the second fastest time by a European athlete.

Only Italy’s Marcell Jacobs, who ran 9.80 to win Olympic gold in Tokyo in 2021, has run faster.

Hughes, who was crowned European 200m champion last year, beat Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake (9.93) to clinch victory at the New York Grand Prix on Saturday.

The race also featured the United States’ 2019 world 100m champion Christian Coleman, who finished third in 10.02.

Initially in disbelief after seeing his time, Hughes will take great confidence from the performance with less than two months until the World Championships in Budapest.

Before Saturday’s race, his personal best had been 9.91, which he set in 2018.

“I woke up with a dream this morning. This morning I woke up with 9.83 on my mind,” Hughes said.

“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.”

Time Athlete Date Place
9.83 Zharnel Hughes 24 June 2023 New York (United States)
9.87 Linford Christie 15 August 1993 Stuttgart (Germany)
9.91 James Dasaolu 13 July 2013 Birmingham (England)
9.93 Reece Prescod 31 May 2022 Ostrava (Czech Republic)
9.93 Eugene Amo-Dadzie 16 June 2023 Graz (Austria)
9.96 CJ Ujah 8 June 2014 Hengelo (Netherlands)
9.96 Joel Fearon 30 July 2016 Bedford (England)
9.97 Dwain Chambers 22 August 1999 Seville (Spain)
9.97 Adam Gemili 7 June 2015 Birmingham (England)
9.98 Jason Gardener 2 July 1999 Lausanne (Switzerland)
9.99 Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake 13 May 2017 Columbia (United States)

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