NYC Grand Prix: Zharnel Hughes breaks British 100-metre record

Zharnel Hughes wins NYC Grand Prix 100m

A star-studded group of athletes lined the track at the 2023 NYC Grand Prix on Saturday, held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York City. The meet, part of the World Athletics Contential Tour Gold, featured a standout performance by British runner Zharnel Hughes, as well as Americans Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, Noah Lyles and Anything Mu.

Men’s 100m

1. Zharnel Hughes (GBR) 9.83
two. Ackeem Blake (JAM) 9.93
3. Christian Coleman (USA) 10.02

Hughes, who was born and raised in the British Territory of Anguilla, smashed 20-year old British record of 9.87 in an astounding 9.83. Hughes was third through halfway, but stormed the last 50-meters past Jamaica’s Ackeem Blake and 2019 world champion Christian Coleman. Blake followed in 9.93, with Coleman third in 10.02.

Hughes performance makes him the second-fastest European man of all time (behind Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs). He also ran the second-fastest 100m ever recorded in New York, World Athletics shared. The only man to have gone quicker is Usain Bolt, who ran 9.72 in 2008, setting a world record at the time.

Women’s 100m

1. Hobbs Alley (USA) 10.98
two. Brianna Williams (JAM) 11.04
3. Melissa Jefferson (USA) 11.06

Men’s 200m

1. Noah Lyles (USA) 19.83
two. Issam Asinga (SUR) 20.25
3. elijah morrow (USA) 20.30

Photo: Kevin Morris

lyles tied Bolt‘s record when he broke 20 seconds in a wind-legal 200m for the 34th time in his career, winning the 200-metre sprint in 19.83 seconds. Lyles (who broke the American record at the 2022 world champs where he ran 19.31) is the world’s fastest man this year at 19.67, and the third-fastest 200m sprinter in history behind Bolt (19.19) and fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake (19.26).

Lyles was set to compete against the reigning world 100m champion, Fred Kerley. The US sprint stars, who both won gold at the 2022 world champions in their respective events, were eager to have a showdown amid much media hype, but Kerley withdrew. Kerley remains undefeated at 100m in the last year.

Women’s 200m

1. Abby Steiner(USA) 22.19
two. Tamara Clark (USA) 22.43
3. Jenna Prandini (USA) 22.51

Men’s 400m

1. Zandrion Barnes (JAM) 45.05
two. Matthew Boling (USA) 45.58
3. Trevor Stewart (USA) 45.85

Women’s 400m

1. Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone (USA) 49.51
two. gabby thomas (USA) – 50.29
3. Charokee Young (JAM) – 51.02

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, NYC Grand Prix
Photo: Kevin Morris

Men’s 800m

1. Bryce Hoppel (USA) 1:44.55
two. Isaiah Harris (USA) 1:45.11
3. Hobbs Kessler (USA) 1:45.80

Women’s 800m

1. Something Mu (USA) 1:58.73
two. Sage Hurta-Klecker (USA) 2:00.77
3. Allie Wilson (USA) 2:00.80

Athing Mu running 800 meters at NYC Grand Prix
Photo: Kevin Morris

World and US Olympic champion Something Mu left the rest of the field behind in her first race in 11 months. With a conservative start, Mu ran comfortably through the first lap, opening up in the final 300 meters to finish in 1:58.73. Mu was a full two seconds ahead of second-place Sage Hurta Klecker (2:00.77), with Allie Wilson a close third (2:00.80).

Find the full NYC Grand Prix results here.

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