Standing on the start line at the 2017 Drake Relays, it felt like any other race for Kirani James.
As we continue our countdown to the start of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, we look at a quintet of special athletes who defied age and logic to be crowned world champions in their teenage years.
On the comeback from year-long absences, former Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Kirani James scored impressive victories in the women’s 100m and men’s 400m respectively at the 3rd edition of the JN Racers Grand Prix meeting, dubbed STARS The Next Generation, on Saturday (9) in Kingston.
The seeding of the semi-finals brought the past two Olympic champions together in the first race.
The IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 400m final set new standards over one lap of the track. Never before had three men broken 44 seconds in the same race, and there is high anticipation that there could be a repeat of that three-way duel in Rio.
When Kirani James won the 400m at Sunday’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, he reminded the world that the event, once dominated by US sprinters, in recent years had become a truly global event.
Among the seven meeting records that tumbled at Birmingham’s IAAF Diamond League Meeting on Sunday (5), two came in eagerly anticipated appearances by Eugene winners Kendra Harrison and Kirani James in the 100m hurdles and 400m respectively.
Head-to-head encounters feature strongly on the fourth stop of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, giving the famed Prefontaine Classic meeting the look of an Olympic Games preview on Friday and Saturday (27-28).
The men’s 400m rivalry between Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt will return to the Prefontaine Classic for a fifth time on 28 May; after sub-44 races in the past two years, it is possible that one of the oldest meeting records at the IAAF Diamond League competition could take a tumble.