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Kirani James turns attention to Commonwealth Games
Published on July 5, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Michael Bascombe

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Olympic 400 metres champion Kirani James, fresh from his recent win at the IAAF Diamond League Meeting in Lausanne, is now turning his attention to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, starting later this month.

James set a new world lead of 43.74 seconds on Thursday, which also is a new personal best and national record. The Grenadian quarter-miler also bettered the Diamond League Record of 43.96 he set in Paris, France, last July.

“I wanted to come out and give my best this evening. The conditions were perfect and the crowd was brilliant. I am very happy with my run. A national record is always something to be proud of,” he said.

James also credits the quality of the athletes in the line-up for his outstanding performance at the Stade Olympique Lausanne.

“Overall it was a very good field. LaShawn was strong and he pushed me.”

James dismissed suggestions that he is chasing American Michael Johnson’s world record of 43.18 seconds.

“For me it’s about improving and being consistent rather than focusing on the world record. Do that and records come,” he said.

“The main thing is that we go out there and put on a good show. If a meet record happens, it happens.”

His focus is now on the Commonwealth Games due to begin on July 23. It’s also his first time participating in the Games.

“I feel I am in top shape. I would like to carry this form to the Commonwealth Games,” he said.

“My focus this year is the Commonwealth Games and representing my country on the international stage.”

Grenada has participated in eight previous editions of the Commonwealth Games since 1970. Alleyne Francique’s silver medal in the Men’s 400m in Melbourne, Australia in 2006 remains the island’s only Games’ medal.
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