Zharnel Hughes wins bronze in the men’s 100m final at the World Athletics Championships… with the Brit beaten by American Noah Lyles in Budapest
- Zharnel Hughes won bronze in the 100m at the World Athletics Championship
- The British sprint sensation finished third as American Noah Lyles took the win
- Hughes was slow out the blocks but rallied late to clinch third in Budapest
Zharnel Hughes finished third to win bronze in the men’s 100metre final at the World Athletics championships on Sunday.
The result ensures he has become the first British man to win an individual 100m sprint medal at the worlds in 20 years after taking bronze following a photo finish in Budapest.
The Team GB sprinter qualified for the final after coming through heats in Budapest and stormed to bronze in the men’s showpiece event.
Hughes, was initially slow out the blocks but rallied to finish third as American Noah Lyles took the gold medal.
28-year-old Antiguan-born sprint sensation, Hughes, continues to build on his global success after already beating Linford Christie’s 30-year-old 100m British record with a time of 9.83sec in at the New York City grand prix in June.
Zharnel Hughes finished third to win bronze in the men’s 100metre final at the World Athletics championships on Sunday
Hughes was emotional after the race as realisation of his achievement began to set in
Hughes (middle) finished third with a time of 9.88 seconds in Budapest on Sunday
Lyles romped to first place with a replica 9.83 seconds to equal Hughes’ previous record as the pair share the status as the joint-fastest men so far this year.
Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo edged ahead of Hughes to take second-place with a time of 9.88 to seal a new national record.
While Hughes was able to see off the rest of the field with the same split-time as he finished just behind Tebogo.
The British sprinter cut an emotional figure in the immediate aftermath of the event as he sat with tears streaming down his face with a bronze medal hanging from his neck and a union jack flag draped around his shoulders.
Hughes was ecstatic after taking third place in the World Championships after a brilliant race
Hughes is the first British man to win an individual 100m sprint medal at the worlds in 20 years
Speaking to BBC Sport after the race, Hughes said: ‘I’m super, super, super grateful right now. Thank you to my team, thank you to my coach.
‘This one is for you guys back home, it means the world to me. My heart is full with emotions. I wanted the gold medal, but I’m happy to leave with a medal.
‘When they had a false start in the semi, it made me sit in my blocks a bit.
‘I thought I got Lyles. When I saw the results and saw Tabogo’s name I thought where did he come from?’