Athletics

The 'next Usain Bolt' may run for Great Britain

Fastest man in the world: Teenager will be hoping to emulate his training partner (©GettyImages)
Fastest man in the world: Teenager will be hoping to emulate his training partner (©GettyImages).

Few people will know the name Zharnel Hughes, but it may well be one to remember. For the 18-year-old Anguillan is being touted as a possible heir to training partner Usain Bolt’s throne. And he may compete for Great Britain.

Hughes stole the show at last weekend’s Jamaican Inter-Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, when he ran 10.12 seconds in the 100m, smashing Yohan Blake’s championship record.

And now, the teenager, who also trains with Blake, has suggested he may choose to run for Team GB in the 2016 Olympics.

“It is something I always think about," reports BBC Sport. "I think that (competing for Great Britain) would be the best choice,” he said.

The change of allegiance wouldn’t take place this year, though, as the Anguillan is preparing to compete in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this July.

However, as the island is a British overseas territory, it is not recognised by the IOC as a nation, and therefore should the sprinter want to compete on the grandest of all stages, he may well follow fellow athlete Shara Proctor, in making the switch to GB.

“It is something I need to think about before I jump to conclusions and something I have to talk to my coaches about.

"It would be a great experience to represent Great Britain at an Olympics, at the same time representing Anguilla."

If Hughes does indeed opt for Team GB, and lives up to his potential, then Britain could have a man capable of winning a first Olympic 100m medal since Linford Christie took gold at the Barcelona Olympics of 1992.

Mind you, his training partners might have something to say about that.

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Athletics
Usain Bolt
Olympics
Yohan Blake

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