Anguillan-born British sprinter Zharnel Hughes will take aim at the longstanding national 100m record of Linford Christie, at this weekend’s British Championships in Birmingham.

Hughes seems to be approaching close to his best form after clocking his personal best 9.95 at the London Olympic Stadium last month.  With the meet expected to act as the trials to make the British team for the World Championships, the athlete is also eager to make history.

Christie’s record of 9.87 was set 26 years ago, with Hughes’ personal best standing at 9.91.  The young sprinter is convinced the time remains very much in reach.

‘I’m definitely thinking 9.7 is possible. I’m not putting pressure on myself,” Hughes told Metro News.

 “I’m not putting any targets on anyone, I’m just focusing on myself and then fast times will come.  I’d love to get it [the British record]. I ran 9.96 in London at the Anniversary Games in the heats which was quite easy and I shut down from far out,” he added.

“I believe I can run 9.8, possibly a 9.7, but we’ll see. I’m not predicting for it to be this weekend, because I don’t know what the weather looks like and you have to take into consideration the way you execute.”

  

African champion Akani Simbine notched his first Diamond League win of the season, holding off Anguilla-born Briton Zharnel Hughes at the London Diamond League meeting on Saturday. 

Even while revealing that he spending more time perfecting his 100m, 2018 European champion Zharnel Hughes said he is considering taking on the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar at the end of September.

Christian Coleman hung on to win the men's 100 meters on his return from injury at the Birmingham Diamond League on Saturday. 

The United States’ Ronnie Baker has continued to stake his claim as a genuine contender for the title of fastest man on the planet when he bested a crack field at the Muller Anniversary Games in London on Saturday. 

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