Grenadian sprinter Kirani James baggs Bronze in Tokyo Olympics

The Grenadian professional sprinter Kirani James has bagged a Bronze medal for his country in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics in the 400m final on Thursday with a time of 44.19 seconds.

Grenada: The Grenadian professional sprinter Kirani James has bagged a Bronze medal for his country in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics in the 400m final on Thursday with a time of 44.19 seconds.

Kirani was earlier diagnosed with the ‘autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease in the year of 2017 utilized his recovery time to pursue and complete his business degree at the University of Alabama.

James has earned gold in London in the year 2012 and silver in Rio in the year 2016 for his nation.

As per the Olympic officials and Olympics.com, like women’s 100m champion Gail Devers, he would be required to take medication for the condition for the rest of his life.

The authorities added, “He took time out in the year 2019 following the death of his mother, & needed the final day of the qualification window to make in the Doha World Championships after some injuries.

While Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas Caribbean island won the race, winning a gold medal in 43.85 sec whereas Anthony Jose Zambrano of Colombia bagged the second position in 44.08 sec, winning silver.

The Prime Minister of Grenada – Dr Keith Mitchell, congratulated James on his win and stated, “Kirani James I am extremely proud of your performance this morning in the final of the 400 meters at the Tokyo Olympics. You earned bronze, but in our hearts, it’s as good as gold.”

Following the statement, he added, “To get there, you crossed many hurdles, overcame numerous challenges, yo,u are indeed a champion, our champion, and we are proud. Congratulations!!”

James won a series of gold medals at the – CARIFTA Games & the Commonwealth Youth Games and rose on the international stage with 400 m silver medals at the – 2007 World Youth & at the 2008 World Junior Championships.

The Grenadian professional sprinter became the first ever athlete to run a 200/400 double at the – 2009 World Youth Championships & was the 2010 World Junior Champion.