Linford Christie’s long-standing British men’s 100m record is broken by Zharnel Hughes, who runs 9.83 seconds.

Linford Christie’s British men’s 100m record, which had held for 30 years, was broken in New York by Zharnel Hughes, who ran 9.83 seconds.

The 27-year-old shaved 0.04 seconds off Christie’s previous World Championships record of 9.87 seconds.

Hughes’ new record also ranks second among European athletes.

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

Hughes, the European 200m winner last year, defeated Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake (9.93) to win the New York Grand Prix on Saturday.

Christian Coleman, the 2019 global 100m champion for the United States, finished third in 10.02.

Hughes, who was initially taken aback by his time, will take tremendous confidence from the result with less than two months until the World Championships in Budapest.

His personal best before Saturday’s race was 9.91, which he set in 2018.

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


“I don’t know if you saw my reaction when I looked at the clock and saw 9.83, but I was like, ‘What just happened there?'” It did come through.”

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