Britain’s Zharnel Hughes caused a stir on Saturday in the 100m as he set the world’s best performance of the season (9.83) and the old British record, at the New York Grand Prix, where American Sidney McLaughlin-Levron was also forced into the 400m.
9.83 dreams. I wrote it this morning.He assured the Briton in the mixed zone that he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the time ticking on the screen at Icahn Stadium, on Randall’s Island, just in front of Manhattan.
With a favorable wind (+1.3m/s), the 27-year-old passed his previous personal best (9.91 in 2018) and established the best mark in UK history, 36 years after Linford Christie’s 9.87 at the 1987 World Championships in Stuttgart.
It is also the second best time in history for more than 100 meters for a European, after Italian Marcel Jacobs (9.80 at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021).
Two-time European champion in the 100m and 4x100m in Berlin in 2018, Hughes produced an impressive finish to beat Jamaican Akeem Blake (9.93) and American Christian Coleman (10.02), during this scheduled eight-week meeting of the World Championships in Budapest (Aug) 19-27).
“everything is possible” He confirmed for the rest of the season.
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After Hughes’ surprise, American Sidney McLaughlin-Levron, formidable in the 400-meter hurdles, continued her exploration of the 400-meter flat with a win and a convincing time of 49.51, better than two weeks ago in Paris (49.71).
The 23-year-old American, double Olympic champion in 2021 (400m hurdles and 4x400m relay) and world champion in 2022 over hurdles with an unimaginable world record (50.68), now says she can beat the record German (former). -GDR) Marita Koch (47.60 in 1985) a lap.
In the French capital, she faltered after a very fast start and fell behind specialist Marilady Paulino. “I started more carefully, to get a better feel for the second part of the race.”confirmed on Saturday.
“The plate is harder in my opinion, that’s for sure. It’s hard to pinpoint a pedaling cadence in the middle of a ride. At least, with obstacles, I know where I am.”She added, emphasizing that:Progress must take time..
American 800-meter prodigy Athing Mu, who hasn’t run since winning the 2022 championships, eleven months ago, made a successful comeback by winning her favorite race in 1.58.73.
Hailed as a rock star, public sweetheart Noah Lyles put on a pre-race show, very relaxed, and won the 200-meter race (19.83) without being forced.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, American Kenny Harrison, the second fastest woman in the history of the discipline, achieved a top time of 12.29, but with a very favorable wind (+2.8m/s).
In the 110m hurdles, American Daniel Roberts won in a time of 13.01, his best time this season, ahead of compatriot Devon Allen (13.04, his best time in 2023).
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