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LONDON – Former University of Alabama track and field star 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 without exerting himself.
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
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but does James have a last name? Or is it just James? Has he reached such a status in his native country that he can go by only one name, and a common one at that?
Who are the others to medal?
I can only think of Calvin Smith.
Kirani James has made it look easy in his two heats too. I would be surprised if he doesn't win gold easily. It was pretty cool when he switched name tags with Pistorius from South Africa as well.
Pretty sure Romulus' very on Lily Leatherwood attended UA. Medaled in relay at LA Olympics I think...Edit: missed the "4th male" part of Chris' statement
This post was edited by Time2roll on 8/6/2012 at 2:27 PM
Jan Johnson; Bronze in the Pole Vault in 1972
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