Great Britain

Does Zharnel Hughes have a girlfriend and did he use to date Dina Asher-Smith?

TEAM GB head into the men's 100m final with hopes of a medal in the shape of Zharnel Hughes.

The Brit was fastest in his semi-final with a time of 9.98seconds.

Who is Zharnel Hughes?

Zharnel Hughes was born on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, where his mother worked as a housekeeper and his father a taxi driver.

His family are Jamaican on his mother's side and a number of his relatives were sprinters.

In 2012, he received a scholarship for the IAAF's High Performance Training Centre in Jamaica, where he trained with Usain Bolt.

After victory in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships, the question of his eligibility arose as Anguilla does not have an internationally recognised Olympic Committee.

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Hughes chose to run for Great Britain and was eligible as a result of Anguilla being a British Overseas Territory.

He said of his decision: "I have always known that if I was to run at the Olympics it would be in a British vest and that is how I have always dreamt it would be."

He would miss out on the Rio Olympics due to a tear in his right knee ligament, but then came back to win gold at the 2018 European Championships.

A bronze in the men's 4x100m relay at the 2019 World Championships would follow.

In 2018, he revealed he was shot at in a terrifying armed robbery in Kingston, Jamaica.

Does Zharnel Hughes have a girlfriend?

Zharnel Hughes is not believed to be dating anybody at the moment.

However, he did previously go out with British 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith.

But the couple split up in 2018.

Asher-Smith said at the time that she found it "hilarious" that people were so interested in her love-life.

She commented: “We are fine, we are still friends.

“I won’t go into the details because that is personal life but we are cool, absolutely fine.

“I am not a celebrity so I didn’t think it was that much of a big deal to be in the papers.

“It is hilarious that people care if I have a boyfriend. I can’t wait to tell him.”

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