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Beijing beckons for Zharnel Hughes

TALENT: Zharnel Hughes

THERE ARE less than 15,000 people on the Caribbean island of Anguilla but one of their number is on schedule to put the territory on the map.

Sprinter Zharnel Hughes captivated the London Anniversary Games crowd with a stunning personal best time of 20.05 seconds in the 200m with the rich promise of so much more.

That promise has been enhanced by the fact that the hugely talented 20 year-old trains with the Racers Track Club in Jamaica alongside the likes of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake.

Hughes, due to citizenship qualification, will run for Great Britain at the World Championships in Beijing next month. His form is such that Team GB my well land a medal of some description.

After his run at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hughes admitted: ” I didn't expect the PB because last week I had a niggle in my hamstring.

“I was just thinking relax and get to the line. It's my first time in the stadium so I wanted to perform well.

“In the Olympics Bolt was also in lane 7, so I thought if he can do it, I can do it. I came out and I delivered so I thank God for that.

“I got a PB, I got the win and I got extra points in the Diamond League, what more can I ask for?

“I'm going to put in as much work as possible before the World Championships to get ready for the race.

“You never know what can happen (in Beijing) but I'm going to try and go sub-20 seconds, I think I could have run it tonight but there was a minus wind. Next time I will get it probably.”

Team GB fans will be delighted by Hughes’ commitment to the national cause.

The maturing 100m and 200m specialist once told the media: “I have always known that if I was to run at the Olympics it would be in a British vest and that is how I have always dreamt it would be.”

Beijing beckons for Zharnel Hughes.

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