PM Mitchell: Grenada remains proud of Kirani James, despite bronze

Friday, August 28, 2015 4:53 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, August 28, 2015 – GIS: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says Grenada remains proud of the accomplishment of Kirani James although he was unable to regain his 400 metres title at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China on Wednesday.

James was stunned by South African Wayde van Niekerk and was forced to settle for bronze behind defending champion American LaShawn Merritt.

Prime Minister Mitchell says the fact that James crossed the line in a season’s best time of 43.78 seconds is an achievement to be proud of.

“This was an exceedingly fast race from all indications for three men to be under 44. This probably is one of his best times,” declared Prime Mitchell who watched the race from his office.

“So clearly this is something that we all should be very proud of. His performance clearly indicates that Kirani continues to hold his head high in these competitions”.

Residents from the west coast fishing town of Gouyave, James’s hometown, celebrated his third place finish by dancing in the streets.

“We are very proud. He didn’t win. We are disappointed clearly but he can’t win every race and that is expected in stiff competition,” Dr. Mitchell said.

“But on behalf of the nation I certainly want to express again our continued support and the fact that we are very proud of Kirani James and his performance regionally, internationally or otherwise”.




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