Kirani James has made the tiny island of Grenada so very proud when he became the first athlete to win the country’s first ever Olympic gold as he added the 400m title to his World Championship crown.
The 19-year-old achieved gold and a new personal best of 43.94 seconds, ahead of 18-year old Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Santos in second and Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago took the bronze. A Caribbean clean sweep!!!
James said: “It means a lot. Grenada will be going crazy right now.”
The Prime Minister of Grenada declared August 7th Kirani James Day, with a half day off observance throughout the entire country!
Since 2008, James has won Commonwealth Youth gold, World Youth gold, the World Juniors, World Championships and now the Olympics.
During the semis, James showed great sportsmanship when he swapped number bibs with South African runner, Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius the double amputee sprinter made it all the way to the Olympic semifinals but finished last in his heat.
James was in awe of Pistorius from coming out, making it this far and fighting to the finish. He had this to say about Pistorius: “I just see him as another athlete, another competitor. What’s more important is I see him as another person. He’s someone I admire and respect.”
James gesture is testimony that the Olympic Games is much more than just a competition it is also about camaraderie.
We are proud of you Kirani. Your humility, determination and good sportsmanship with take you very far.