2023 World Championships: Zharnel Hughes wins 100m bronze as Noah Lyles triumphs

Zharnel Hughes became the first Briton to stand on the 100m podium at the World Championships for 20 years by winning bronze as Noah Lyles triumphed.

The 28-year-old Briton clocked 9.88 seconds – the same time as Botswana silver medalist Letsile Tebogo in a wide open men’s final.

American Lyles won gold in 9.83 in Budapest.

It is a first individual world medal for Hughes, who broke two long-standing British sprint records this season.

His medal follows Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins heptathlon Sunday and is the third British Championship.

European 200m champion Hughes posted his world medal titles throughout the best season of his career, shattering Linford Christie’s 30-year record in the 100m by running 9.83.

It was a time matched this year only by entertainer Lyles taking a popular victory on Sunday night.

Lyles had raised expectations by predicting he would run 9.65 in the 100m before breaking Usain Bolt’s 200m world record of 19.10.

Although he won’t quite achieve that lofty goal, Lyles – the defending 200m champion – has shown he will be tough to beat as he targets a hat-trick in the sprint, including 4×100 gold Mr.

“I came here for three gold medals,” he said. “I ticked one, more are coming. The 100m was the hardest. I’m going to have fun with the event that I love now.”

Jamaican Oblique Seville, 22, narrowly missed out on a medal also crossing the line in 9.88 while 2022 champion Fred Kerley suffered a shock exit in the semi-finals.

Briton Eugene Amo-Dadzie’s fourth-place finish in the semi-finals in 10.03 seconds was not enough to see him qualify, while Reece Prescod (10.26) also failed to qualify for the final.

Hughes, who also ran 19.73 to break John Regis’ 200m record in July, will join Lyles in starting his bid for a 200m medal in Wednesday’s heats.

Great Britain are fourth in the medal table with one gold, one silver and one bronze after two days of competition
Katarina Johnson-Thompson won Britain’s first gold medal at the World Championships in Athletics

Hughes earns decisive medal

In the form of his life, Hughes traveled to Hungary, ready to set the record straight and perform on a major stage.

The Briton failed to qualify for last year’s final in Eugene, 12 months after a false start in the Olympic final in Tokyo.

But he has gone from strength to strength in 2023 as he continues to train in Jamaica under Glen Mills, the coach who helped sprinting legend Bolt win eight Olympic gold medals.

Comparisons have been drawn to Bolt given the size of both athletes which makes both starters relatively slow before they can get back up and into their stride.

Hughes recovered well in his semi-final to progress to second place behind American Christian Coleman – but it was feared such a slow start could cost the Briton in the final.

Importantly, however, he was able to improve when it mattered most – momentarily thinking he had even gotten the better of Lyles, such was the close nature of the race.

It was nonetheless a game-changing feat for Hughes, whose attention would soon turn to equalizing Regis by winning a medal in the 200m.

Muir among 1500m finalists as Asher-Smith progresses

Five British men and women qualified for their respective 1500m finals, including the captain of the British team. Laura Muir.

On the women’s side, Muir finished fourth with her season best time of three minutes 56.36 seconds and Katie Snowden fifth with a personal best 3:56.72 in their heat, won by defending champion Faith Kipyegon (3:55.14).

Melissa Courtney-Bryant finished fifth in her heat in 4:02.79.

In the men’s 1500m, Josh Kerr (3:35.14) crossed the finish line behind 2022 silver medalist Jakob Ingebrigtsen (3:34.98) but Elliot Gilles (3:39.05) could not progress.

Neil Gourley clinched sixth and final place in his heat (3:32.97).

During the Sunday morning session, Dina Asher Smith And Daryl Neita qualified safely in their 100m heats.

Asher-Smith, the 2019 200m champion and six-time world medalist, clocked 11.04 behind American Brittany Brown (11.01) to reach Monday’s semifinals.

Neita ran in 11.03 to trail medal contender Julian Alfred (10.99) on the line, but his teammate Imani-Lara Lansiquot, who showed up under protest after a false start, later had her disqualification upheld.

Five-time champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Sha’Carri Richardson and Marie-Josee Ta Lou each advanced with victory up their sleeves in a wide-open event.

Matthew Hudson-Smith finished second to 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk with a season best time of 44.69, with the two-time champion from South Africa qualifying second overall (44.57) for the semis -finals.

In women, Victoria Ohuruogu And Ama Pee both advanced and finished second in their heats, with times of 50.60 and 50.81 respectively.

Tade Ojora won his men’s 110m hurdles heat in 13.32 to qualify fifth for the semifinals.

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