Tough British Trials awaits Hughes
With British sprinting on the upswing, Zharnel Hughes isn't taking anything for granted. Hughes, a 2015 World Championship 200 metre finalist, is expecting a battle at the British Olympic Trials in June.
He is, however, ready for the challenge.
With European 200m champion Adam Gemili out with an injury, Hughes was the only British male sprinter to reach a final in last year's World Championships. Still, he isn't counting his chickens before they hatch.
"It's definitely good to be a big battle at the British Trials. I'm definitely looking forward to it," he said, not long after returning from a British 4x100m sprint relay camp.
"I've got my mind already set already towards it," he said.
Among those in his way to a berth on the British team to the Olympics in Rio are Gemili, European 100m champion James Dasolu, Chijindu Ujah, reigning World and European Indoor 60 metre champion Richard Kilty and 2013 World Youth silver medal winner Ojie Edoburun.
Gemili and his Beijing roommate Delano Williams are among the contenders in the 200 metres.
The 20-year-old Hughes, who ran strongly on the second leg for the Racers Track Club at the recent Gibson-McCook Relays, knows the Trials are critical.
"So each time I go to train," he said.
"I remember, first stage is the British trials in order for me to make it to Rio."
The tall native of Anguilla was fifth in the World Championship 200 metre finals and the respected US publication TRACK AND NEWS ranked him at number five in the 200 for 2015.
In addition, he has opened his Olympic campaign with two personal bests in the 400 metres, 47.12 seconds at the Grace Jackson/Queens meet and 46.95 seconds at the Camperdown Classic.
Understandably, Hughes is optimistic about the trials.
"I'm going there to bang it and hopefully I make the team," he said.
"I don't doubt myself," he concluded.