Linford Christie’s long-standing British men’s 100m record is broken by Zharnel Hughes.
Linford Christie’s British men’s 100m record, which had held for over 30 years, was broken in New York by Zharnel Hughes, who won in 9.83 seconds.
Christie set the previous record of 9.87 seconds in August 1993, and the 27-year-old cut 0.04 seconds off it.
Hughes’ new record also ranks second among European athletes.
Only Italy’s Marcell Jacobs, who won Olympic gold in Tokyo in 2021 in 9.80 seconds, has run faster.
Hughes, the European 200m winner last year, defeated Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake (9.93secs) to win the New York Grand Prix on Saturday.
Christian Coleman, the United States’ 2019 global 100m champion, finished third in 10.02 seconds.
Hughes’ achievement, which initially left him in astonishment after seeing his time, will give the Briton great confidence with less than two months until the World Championships in Budapest.
“Anything is possible,” he declared. “The best part is that we haven’t started speed work yet.” This is basically pure endurance and speed.”