In a brilliant performance the Aussie teenager ran away from Germany’s Konstantin Schad in second place while American Alex Deibold was third.
The final saw Hughes leave the start gate in third but his ability to produce speed on the technical course soon saw him grab second spot, immediately putting pressure on the German.
At about the half way mark, Hughes found an extra gear and launched an attack on Schad, which rocketed him into the lead.
With about 200 metres left in the final, Hughes piled on the speed, giving himself an unassailable lead, running out a clear winner by about three metres.
Crossing the line, Hughes’ race focus erupted into rapture. After the race he was understandably ecstatic and was met with congratulatory embraces from coaches and fellow athletes.
Dual World Champion and AIS/NSWIS athlete Alex “Chumpy” Pullin did not fare as well . After qualifying with the 10th fastest time, Pullin crashed in the first final after coming together with Pierre Vaultier’s, (France) in a racing incident and finished the day in 18th place overall.
In the women’s event, NSWIS rider Belle Brockhoff finished overall in 12th place overall, unable to progress past the quarter finals. Torah Bright was 23rd and missed the cut for the finals.
The women’s event was won by American Lindsey Jacobellis, second place went to Canadian Dominique Maltais and third was taken out by Norwegian Helene Olafsen.