Hughes, Williams On GB World Champs team
Two Jamaica-based athletes have been named to the Great Britain squad for next month's World Championships. Zharnel Hughes, a 200m runner, and Delano Williams, a 4x400m relay runner, are in a squad announced earlier this week.
Williams will be heading to the World Championships for the third time, having run the 200m in Moscow in 2013. At the last World Championships, he helped Britain to win the bronze medal in the 4x400m. A native of the Turks and Caicos Islands, he was a high school star at Munro College and finished first in the 200m at the 2012 World Junior Championships.
Hughes was fifth in the 200m at the 2015 World Championships just a year after winning the Boys and Girls' Championships Class One 100m in the record time of 10.12 seconds for Kingston College. Competing for his native Anguilla, Hughes was a finalist in the 200m at the 2014 World Junior Championships. He was selected over 2016 Olympic finalist Adam Gemili.
Additionally, former Jamaica College sprinter Nethaniel Mitchell-Blake is also on the team and will run the 200m. He won the event at the recent British Championship. After leaving Jamaica College, he attended Louisiana State University in the United States.
Williams is coached by Neil Harrison at Kingston College while Patrick Dawson directs Hughes' training at the Racers Track Club, where sprint guru Glen Mills is head coach.