Kirani excels in London

In 2010 the Cayman Islands got a glimpse of Kirani James’ potential. The Grenadian teenager continues to excel in 2011.

Last week James, 18, ran the fastest 400m of the year. He had a time of 44.62 seconds at a Diamond league event in Crystal Palace, London.

James, who turns 19 next month, states the achievement was a good 
one for him.

“I’m feeling really good and this shows I’m on course for Daegu,” James said. “I competed against them and you can’t take anyone for granted.

“I just went out there and tried to improve on my time, and that’s what I did. I need to go out there (to Daegu) and run 400m races but there are a lot of great guys out there.”

For the record James ran for Grenada at the 2010 CARIFTA Games held in Cayman last year. He would claim victory in the Under-20 boys 400m in dominant fashion. He clocked a time of 45.02s and won by almost 40m over the rest of the field.

The Diamond league event was James’ professional debut. A sophomore at the University of Alabama, James is also the reigning world junior champion and is third on the all-time 400m indoor list behind Americans Michael Johnson and Kerron Clement after cruising to 44.80s back in February.

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