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Carimar is Proud of Anguilla’s World-Class Athletes

Carimar is Proud of Anguilla’s World-Class Athletes: Anguillan teenager, Zharnel Hughes, is eligible to represent Team Great Britain in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

Zharnel Hughes, born and raised on the island of Anguilla, is a talented 18-year old sprinter and is eligible to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio representing Great Britain.

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Hughes now studies in Jamaica and trains alongside of sprinters Usain Bolt (regarded by some as the fastest runner ever) and Yohan Blake under Coach Glen Mills.  He shattered Blake’s 100 meter championship record of 10.21 sec with a winning time of 10.12 sec.

He also ran the 200m in the semi-finals in 20.32 sec and could have beaten Bolt’s record of 20.25 sec if he had not had been forced to pull out of the final due to a hamstring strain.  He has been compared with the young Bolt due to his lanky 6ft 3in frame and athletic talent on the track.  Hughes would represent Great Britain rather than Jamaica due to the fact that Anguilla is a British overseas territory and Hughes is a full British passport holder.

Shara Proctor of Anguilla places 4th in the long jump at the 2014 World Indoor Championships in Poland.

Shara Proctor is an Anguillan long jumper who has been competing for Great Britain since 2011.  Anguilla does not have a National Olympic Committee of its own, but since the island is a British Overseas Territory and Proctor holds a full British passport, she is eligible to represent Great Britain in the Olympic Games and the European and World Championships.

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In 2012, Proctor won her first bronze medal for Great Britain in the long jump in the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships, after a British national indoor record jump of 6.89 meters.

Her longest jumps outdoors are 6.95 meters in the long jump in June of 2012 in Birmingham and 13.74 meters in the triple jump in May of 2009 in Greensboro. She holds the national long jump records for Anguilla and Great Britain.

In November 2012 Proctor moved from her training base at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL to Loughborough in the UK when her coach Rana Reider was recruited to work at UK Athletics.

Proctor placed 3rd in the long jump at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Turkey; 6th in the 2013 World Championships in Russia; and 4th at the 2014 World Indoor Championships in Poland.  She won the Diamond League in 2013 in her event, the long jump.