‘He’ll be unhappy,’ says Zharnel Hughes, who was disqualified from the Olympics 100m final due to a false start.
In the men’s Olympic 100m final, Zharnel Hughes was aiming for a medal.
After jumping the gun at the start, Zharnel Hughes was disqualified from the men’s 100m final. Hughes had been projected to compete for a medal after impressing in the heats and semi-finals.
The 100m final was widely regarded as a wide open event, with every competitor having a chance to win gold.
Hughes would have been confident lining up for the final after winning his semi-final in 9.98 earlier in the day.
As his name was announced to the empty stadium, he let out a huge grin as the camera panned to him.
But calamity struck when Hughes made a botched start out of the blocks, which he immediately recognized.
As he slowly returned to the blocks, the 26-year-old cut an agonizingly frustrated figure as he was issued the red and black card for disqualification.
Colin Jackson, a former British Olympian, was stunned by Hughes’ performance in the 100m final.
On the BBC, Jackson stated, “He’ll be furious with himself.”
“He felt in terrific shape, and in the semi-final, he ran a season-best time.
“I don’t think he’ll bother looking. He’ll just keep moving straight away.”
Hughes was disqualified, therefore the race carried on without him, with Marcell Lamont Jacobs of Italy taking gold.
Fred Kerley edged off Andre de Grasse for the silver medal, with Akani Simbine just losing out on the bronze.
Enoch Adegoke of Nigeria appeared to be in contention until he pulled up with 40 meters to go with a suspected hamstring injury.
Hughes cut a disgruntled figure after the race, believing that his own error had cost him a chance at a gold.
Hughes told the BBC, “I’m gutted right now.”
“My left calf cramped up on me when we went up on stage.
“As a result of the cramp, I moved. Gutted.”
“It was beyond my control,” he added.
“Unfortunately, when I went up on set and moved, my calf tightened.
“I’m at a loss for words. It’s excruciatingly painful. Second time again. I’m just dissatisfied.”