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Kirani James

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Carifta Star and Olympic and World Champion Kirani James

Kirani James became the first Track & Field athlete from Grenada to win an IAAF World Championships. He did that in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. He became the first athlete from Grenada to capture an Olympic Gold. This was at the London Games in 2012.

Born on the 1st of September 1992, “King James”, as he is called, has been prolific in his performances in Track & Field from the time he was a youth and participated in the Carifta Games.

This allowed James to get many scholarship offers. He settled with The University of Alabama where Olympic 4x100m relay Gold medalist Harvey Glance was the coach.

In 2007 James captured the Silver medal in the 400m in the Ostrava IAAF World Youth Championships in 46.96sec.

In 2008 he won the Silver medal in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in a time of 45.70sec.

In 2009 at the Carifta Games in St. Lucia James won the Austin Sealy Award for the Most Outstanding Athlete of the Games.

Later that year in Bressanone, Italy in 2009 James captured both 200m and 400m in the IAAF World Youth Championships. His 200m time was 21.05sec and his 400m time 45.24sec.

The year 2010 saw him set a new record for the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands, 45.02sec and win the 400m at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada in 45.84sec.

In Daegu he upset Lashawn Merrit, the 2008 Olympic Champion in a time of 44.60sec at the World Championships.

At the Olympic Games James ran 43.94sec, becoming the only non US athlete to break 44secs in this event.

This placed him ninth on the world all-time performance list.

His personal best in the 200m is 20.41sec.

Alpheus Finlayson

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