Zharnel Hughes has become the joint second fastest ever British 100m sprinter after clocking 9.91 (0.4m/s) at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, Jamaica.
The 22-year-old’s time is the fastest in the world this year and puts him behind only Linford Christie with 9.87 from 1993 on the UK all-time list. It matches the time James Dasaolu ran in 2013.
Hughes becomes the ninth British sprinter to legally break 10 seconds for 100m and moves to equal fourth on the European all-time list.
His performance in Kingston saw him beat USA’s Noah Lyles, who also clocked his first legal sub-10 seconds time with 9.93, and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake with 10.00.
Hughes had gone sub-10 seconds for the first time last month, but his 9.99 at the adidas Boost Boston Games was wind-aided (2.4m/s).
His 200m PB is 20.02 which he clocked when finishing fifth at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
The Shaftesbury Barnet sprinter, who was born in the British overseas territory of Anguilla and is coached by Glen Mills, formed part of England’s gold medal-winning 4x100m team at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April after losing the individual 200m title through disqualification.
Also in Kingston, Grenada’s 2012 Olympic 400m champion and 2016 silver medallist Kirani James returned after injury to claim victory in a 44.35 meeting record ahead of USA’s Fred Kerley with 44.36.
Two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women’s 100m in 11.10 ahead of USA’s Jenna Prandini with 11.14, while Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas won the 200m in 22.11 from Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson with 22.62.