Hughes eager for Grand Prix springboard
New generation Racers Track Club sprinter Zharnel Hughes says he is aiming for great things this year and wants to use the inaugural Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix to launch a sub-20 seconds clocking onslaught on the 200m this season.
Twenty-year-old Hughes represents Great Britain on the global scene, but is based here in Jamaica.
He recently finished second in the 200m in 20.70 seconds behind Miguel Francis of Antigua and Barbuda, who clocked 20.16 seconds at the Cayman Invitational.
"I am in great shape right now. My training has been going well thus far, I am looking forward to greater things this season," said Hughes in a recent interview.
He said he prefers his chances in the 200m than the 100m and will be looking forward to a fast run this Saturday.
"That (Racers Grand Prix) should be the highlight of the season, definitely looking forward to that, my coach and I are putting in the work and I am really excited for it," he continued.
"If everything goes well and I execute the race right, and the wind is correct, it should be good," he added. "I still think I have a better chance in the 200m than 100m."
Hughes has personal best times of 10.10 and 20.02 seconds in the 100m and 200m, respectively.
His 200m best established his pedigree, as he finished fifth behind Bolt in the final at last year's World Championships in Beijing, China.
"I have been working a lot on my strengths this season, and I am a lot stronger, so, yeah, I am ready," he stressed.
Hughes will be joined in competition at the highly anticipated meet by big named athletes like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir, Hansle Parchment and World 100 metres hurdles champion Danielle Williams at the National Stadium.