Grenada was given their first Olympic medal in history by Kirani James. The 19 year old left the field for dead in a 400m field that was filled with Caribbean representatives. James. who is the reigning World Champion finished in an impressive 43.94s. Luguelin Santos of Dominica, claimed the bronze and Trinidad’s Lalonde Gorden took the bronze.
Kirani James will be a star of track & field for years to come. He is humble, hard working and will surely change the sport just as Usain Bolt has done.
Look for him to challenge the world record that has been kept by Michael Johnson who has a similar build to Kirani and has been compared to Kirani on several occasions
Fastest 400m times
Rank Time Athlete Nation Date Location
1. 43.18 Michael Johnson United States 1999 Seville (WORLD RECORD)
2. 43.29 Harry ‘Butch’ Reynolds United States 1988 Zürich
3. 43.45 Jeremy Wariner United States 2007 Osaka
4. 43.50 Quincy Watts United States 1992 Barcelona
5. 43.75 LaShawn Merritt United States 2008 Beijing
6. 43.81 Danny Everett United States 1992 New Orleans
7. 43.86 Lee Evans United States 1968 Mexico City
8. 43.87 Steve Lewis United States 1988 Seoul
9. 43.94 Kirani James Grenada 2012 London
10. 43.97 Larry James United States 18 October 1968 Mexico City