Hughes ready for Worlds
Zharnel Hughes of the Racers Track Club is ready for the IAAF World Relays.
So said Patrick Dawson, who administers Hughes' training in Kingston. Dawson made the observation at the UTech Classic, where Hughes won the men's 100 metres.
Hughes, who will join his Great Britain teammates in The Bahamas for the Relays, is in fantastic shape according to Dawson.
"If you look at his progress coming down from the season, he has run 46.58 and a personal best in the 400m, and his first outing for the 100m, he ran 10.1, which says that he's in fine shape," said Dawson.
In a reference to the leg injury that slowed his charge in last year's Olympic campaign, Dawson said, "Health-wise, he's okay."
"Once he maintains that going into World Relays, there's no doubt that he's going to do pretty well," he added.
Hughes has already clocked times of 10.12 seconds at the G.C. Foster Classic, and, with an aiding wind slightly beyond the allowable limit, 10.08 seconds at the UTech Classic.
Dawson believes that the disappointment of 2016 is spurring the Anguilla native on.
"It has served as a fuel to do much better this year as he was in such a fine form last year, wanted to do well but as you know, we have no control over injury.
"It came, hampered his performance, and, therefore, he's fired up this year to do what he didn't get to do last year."
As a junior running for Anguilla and Kingston College, Hughes won Carifta, Junior CAC, and Pan-Am Junior titles in the 100-metres.
However, as a senior athlete, the 2015 World Championships 200-metre finalist has focused on the longer event.
After the Relays, he will run more 100 metre races.
"I'm working on improving his speed because the aim this year is to get him under 10 seconds for the 100 and once we can get him under 10 seconds in the 100-metres, it is obvious that he can run under 20 seconds for the 200 metres," his coach explained.
His personal bests are 10.10 and 20.02 seconds for the 100 and 200 metres respectively.