Aug. 5, 2012
Former University of Alabama track and field star Kirani James continued to impress at the London Olympic games by easily winning his 400-meter semifinal heat Sunday evening at the Olympic Stadium.
James, representing his native Grenada, coasted through the finish to record a season-best time of 44.59. His time ended up being the second fastest in the three semifinal heats as the 19-year-old appeared extremely smooth and poised throughout his race.
James, the reigning World Champion in the event, will run in lane five of Monday's final at 3:30 p.m. CDT. Of the nine competitors in the final field, he owns the fastest personal best at 44.36 and the fourth fastest time this season.
Should James earn himself a spot on the podium Monday, he would be Grenada's first Olympic medalist and the fourth former UA male track athlete to medal at the Olympics.