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Grenada’s esteemed track and field star, Kirani James, marked his 2024 debut at the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix on Sunday, April 28, held at the Flora Duffy Stadium in Devonshire. Despite contending with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting thyroid function, James showed his skills by clinching victory in the 400m race, crossing the finish line with a remarkable time of 46.00 seconds.

The race outcome vividly showcased James’ outstanding abilities as he outperformed tough competitors like Alonzo Russell of the Bahamas, who finished in 47.05 seconds, and Demish Gaye of Jamaica, who completed the race in 47.15 seconds. However, James’s claim to victory wasn’t without its fair share of challenges, having lost his esteemed coach, Harvey Glance, on June 12th of last year. Despite this adversity, James showed resilience, ultimately securing a notable victory.

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However, the best part about him is he is Grenada’s only Olympic medalist and holds national records in both the 200 meters and 400 meters. As he continues to showcase his exceptional skills, one can’t help but wonder about his accomplishments along the way.

Who is Kirani James? Grenada’s only Olympic medalist

Kirani James has made his mark as a dominant force in track and field, securing impressive victories at prestigious championships. He claimed gold in the 400 meters at the World Championships in 2011 and the 2012 London Olympics. His success continued with a silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making him the first athlete to complete this feat in the event’s hundred-year history.

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In his formative years, James exhibited prodigious talent, breaking records as a junior athlete. He clinched silver medals at both the 2007 World Youth Championships and the 2008 World Junior Championships in the 400 meters. Demonstrating exceptional prowess, he achieved a remarkable feat by triumphing in both the 200 and 400 meters at the 2009 World Youth Championships, thereby earning the prestigious title of the 2010 World Junior Champion. Building upon his early triumphs, James continued to excel, securing consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championship titles.

His illustrious career boasts impressive records, including the third-fastest indoor time ever recorded at 44.80 seconds, and a personal best of 43.74 seconds achieved at a 2014 Diamond League event in Lausanne. His achievements place him among an elite group of athletes, as one of only eleven individuals to secure world championships at the youth, junior, and senior levels in track and field events. And today he again shined bright in Grand Prix Gold. However, it will be interesting to see his game at the Paris Olympics 2024.