Former Crimson Tide track star Kirani James qualifies for 400m finals
Former Crimson Tide track star Kirani James entered the 2012 London Olympics with one goal: to bring his home country of Grenada its first Olympic medal. On Sunday, he moved one step closer to the prize.
James won his heat in the 400-meter semifinals with a time of 44.59. That time was the second-fastest time recorded during the three semifinal heats on Sunday.
The 19-year-old and reigning world champion in the 400-meter event was quick out of the blocks during his heat. He hit his stride during the final 100 meters and easily cruised across the finish line.
After the race, James showed one of his fellow competitors a great deal of respect. South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, who had both legs amputated when he was 11 months old, has been the source of great inspiration since his campaign to compete in the Olympics began.
On Sunday, Pistorius finished in last place and failed to move on to the finals. James hugged Pistorius and exchanged participant bibs with him, an act considered to be one of the most respectful gestures in track and field.
The finals will be held on Monday at 3:30 p.m. CT. James will be running in lane five.
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