Antwan Hughes Jr. has made history. The North Carolina teen has become the fastest 16-year-old in the country.

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The Winston Salem, N.C., student set a new national record during the 100-meter dash at the 2022 AAU Junior Olympics. Parkland High School’s Hughes Jr. ran a time of 10.48 seconds, winning first place over Jerrae Hawkins by .02 seconds.


“I went into the race knowing I was going to win because I set that goal that I was going to win,” Antwan Hughes Jr. said in an interview with WFMY News 2. “When I got to the line, I just kept the same momentum I had, telling myself I was going to win. When I got out the dude was beside me, but then the last 20 I pulled away and won the race.”

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Antwan is coached by his father, Antwan Hughes, Sr. who is amazed by his son’s talent and incredible skill.

“What he did last week was defiantly amazing, he won the 15 16 100 m dash at the AAU Junior Olympic Games and that is an amazing accomplishment,” Antwan Hughes Sr. said in the same interview as his son. “Now we are looking for 10 3 so that’s the next goal try to go 10 3, and try to get the 200 time around 21 3. those next goals and try to be a state champion, a high school state champion in 100 and 200.”

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And of course, this truly talented athlete is already looking to the future. So, just what are Antwan’s plans after he says goodbye to Parkland High School? You guessed it…college, then to go pro!

“My plan is to go to D1 in college and go pro that’s my plan and always been my goal, that’s what I am planning to do.”

Congratulations, Antwan! We can not wait to see what is next for you!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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