Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Zharnel Hughes beats Yohan Blake over 100m at Gibson McCook Relays

British sprinter Zharnel Hughes powers home to win the men's 100 metres from Yohan Blake (far left) at the 42nd staging of the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday night. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

British sprinter Zharnel Hughes powers home to win the men's 100 metres from Yohan Blake (far left) at the 42nd staging of the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday night. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

British sprinter Zharnel Hughes clocked a new personal best 10.01 to beat his Racers Track Club training partner Yohan Blake in the men's 100-metre dash at the 42nd staging of the Gibson McCook Relays, inside the National Stadium, on Saturday.

The 10.01 clocking also represents a world leading time, beating the previous best of 10.16 set by Australian Trae Williams on February 16 in Australia.

Hughes, running out of lane 2, got out swiftly and although pressed by Blake, the 2011 World 100-metre champion, powered home for a good victory over the Jamaican. Blake crossed the line in 10.05.

Nigel Ellis of Elite Perform was well beaten into third place in 10.26 seconds.

The 22-year-old Hughes, who was born on the British overseas territory of Anguilla, but has held a British passport since birth and was declared eligible for Team GB in 2015, said he is preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Hughes said he is getting much stronger training in Jamaica.

Hughes' victory came exactly a month after he had a gun pointed in his face in an attempted armed robbery at his training base in Kingston.

Natasha Morrison of Sprintec won the women's 100 metres in 11.38, beating Sasha-Lee Forbes of G C Foster, who clocked 11.48.

Earlier, Blake powered Racers Track Club  to a commanding victory in the men's 4x100 relays. Racers Track Club won in 38.36 seconds.

MVP Track Club finished second in 38.87, while Sprintec was third in 39.39.

Sprintec, with Sherone Simpson running the anchor leg, scored a comfortable victory in the women's equivalent in 43.84, beating G C Foster College (44.41)