April 5, 2010
GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman Island - Just one day after claiming his fourth consecutive 400 meter CARIFTA gold medal, Alabama freshman sprinter Kirani James returned to Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Sunday, April 4, as he advanced to the 200m final at the CARIFTA Games with the second-fastest time of the day, 21.10 (+1.0).
Representing his native country of Grenada on Monday, James claimed his second 200m CARIFTA Games title in three years with the ninth-fastest time in the world this year, 20.76 (+0.8). The time is also a personal-best, breaking his former best time of 20.94 run earlier this season indoors.
With the 200m title, the native of Gouyave, Grenada, claimed his third career 200/400m double crown on the international stage and second at the CARIFTA Games. James last won the 200/400m double at CARIFTA in 2008, and more recently at the 2009 World Youth Championships.
"That was pretty amazing," head men's track and field coach Harvey Glance said. "That's a tough double, especially running these events within three days at that level of competition. He flew in on Thursday evening around midnight and had to run on Saturday, Sunday and Monday so there is hardly any rest. Kirani did an outstanding job and I'm real proud of him. He's really having a stellar year. I actually watched the race online and there was never any doubt that he was going to win this race."
James won his fourth consecutive 400m gold medal on Saturday night, clocking a time of 45.02 to best the field once again - it is the second-fastest time in the world this year. James time bests 100/200m world-record holder Usain Bolt's current time this year of 45.87 as well. His time broke his own meet record that he set at last year's CARIFTA Games as well as set a new school record. In addition, the 17-year old true freshman broke a 32-year old 400m school record and now holds both the indoor and outdoor records. The former outdoor school record of 45.12 was held by Darroll Gatson, set in 1978.
Up next for the freshman phenom is the Sea Ray Relays as he rejoins the Crimson Tide in Knoxville, Tenn., on April 7-10.