Biography:

Matt Hughes made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 a moment to remember as he finished 10th in the 3000m steeplechase for Canada’s best ever result in the event. Hughes had had great hopes to qualify for London 2012 after making his IAAF World Championship debut in 2011. But despite finishing second in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2012 Canadian Championships, he did not have the standard needed for him to compete in London. That disappointment has become his major motivation. At the 2013 IAAF World Championships, he smashed the Canadian 3000m steeplechase record while finishing sixth. His time of 8:11.64 replaced the 8:12.58 mark of Graeme Fell which had stood since 1985. After just missing the podium at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Hughes stood on the top step at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, winning 3000m steeplechase gold ahead of teammate Alex Genest. He followed up with an eighth place finish at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. In 2010, Hughes became the University of Louisville’s first NCAA outdoor track and field champion. He successfully defended his NCAA 3000m steeplechase title in 2011. He won back-to-back-to-back Canadian titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Paul and Kelly Hughes… Older brothers James and Patrick… Younger brothers John-Paul and Jacob… Younger sisters Mary and Claire… Getting into the Sport: Started running track in grade three because he loved getting out of school and being the fastest kid on the playground… Began focusing on steeplechase in high school… Outside Interests: Enjoys taking naps, playing hockey and golf… Graduated from the University of Louisville in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Sports Science… Odds and Ends: Has kept every bib he’s ever raced in… Favourite motto: “There is no substitute for hard work”…