Hughes looks ahead after seasonal bow at Camperdown Classics

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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It was not the performance Zharnel Hughes had hoped for, but considering that it was a seasonal bow, the British sprint star believes it is one that can be built on ,going forward.

Hughes and his Racers Track Club teammates — Kemar Bailey-Cole, Keeno Burrell and former Calabar standout Michael O'Hara — were among a number of senior athletes that graced the 15th staging of the Camperdown Classics with their presence inside the National Stadium on Saturday.

At the end of the men's 400-metre outing, Hughes placed fifth overall in the timed final event, after posting a moderate 48.96 seconds, which was some ways off his personal best of 46.58.

The 23-year-old went out hard from lane four in his heat and executed a relaxed backstretch run and reserved enough in the tank to gradually pull away off the curve but was later running on fumes close to the end.

“It sure did take a lot out. There is a lot of lactic work now, but I expected it. I could have gone faster but I messed up my race plan. But it is over and done with so now it is on to the next one,”

“I am not sure (what is next as yet). Coach [Glen] Mills will let me know, but maybe at the meet in Guadeloupe in May, that should be my first 100m run. But you will see me soon again, just not sure where yet,” Hughes told reporters in a post-race interview.

“My Doha (World Championships) preparations are going good as well, and I know when the time is right we will be prepared for that, so I just need to be healthy and execute my races as they come,” he added.

York Castle's Anthony Cox looked good in victory, stopping the clock in 46.75secs in section two to finish tops overall ahead of Burrell (47.73) who finished ahead of Hughes in section five. Jermaine Brooks of Cayman Islands was third overall in 48.42.

Michael O'Hara was sixth overall after winning his section in 49.33, while former St Elizabeth Technical star Jauavney James was seventh in 49.35. Bailey-Cole, who was literally on a jog, ended 27th overall in 51.77.

James had earlier topped the 800m run in a tidy 1:53.61. He won ahead of Orlando Green (2:04.71) and Micah Brown (2:05.51), both unattached.

Nikita Tracey led a clean sweep for Swept Track Club in the women's event, stopping the clock in 54.41, ahead of teammates Vanessa Crooks (55.10) and Samantha Curtis (56.57).

Akeem Williams of Swept Track Club won the men's 100m in 10.72 in a negative 0.4 metres per second wind speed, with the Vision Track Club pair of Jerval Thomas (11.36) and Jabari McPherson (11.56) being the runners-up.

Earlier, Ricardo Cunningham (51.14) of Vision Track Club won the 400m hurdles open ahead of Calabar's Nicquaine Henry, 17, who clocked an impressive 52.51 to win his heat and finish second overall, with Bradley Spencer (55.24) of Wolmer's Boys' taking third spot.

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