Kirani James World Champion 400m 44.60s (Video)

>> August 30, 2011

Kirani James of Grenada set a personal best 44.60s to win the gold medal in the men's 400m at the IAAF Daegu World Championships. The medal is the first for Grenada in any event at the World championships in athletics. The 18-year-old (19 years on September 01) upsets the defending world champion LaShawn Meritt in the silver medal position (44.43). Belgium's Kevin Borlee took the bronze medal in 44.90s.

Meritt was expected to defend his world title when he ran a world lead 44.35s in the round 1, but it's really the day for Kirani who chased down Meritt at last 10 meters. With the victory, Kirani James became the youngest athlete to win the men's 400m at the IAAF World championships. The time however is way off the world junior record 43.87s set by Steven Lewis of USA enroute to win the gold medal at 1988 Olympics.

Beside that, there's another great achievement in the finals. Belgians Kevin Borlee (bronze) and Jonathan Borlee (fifth) are a pair of twins, and without any doubt the fastest twins in the world for quarter-mile event. The twins coached by their father, Jacques Borlee. 

Results (400m Men Final)
1, Kirani James, GRN, 44.60 NR (Rt 0.137)
2, LaShawn Meritt, USA, 44.63 (Rt 0.263)
3, Kevin Borlee, BEL, 44.90 (Rt 0.182)
4, Jermaine Gonzales, JAM, 44.99 (Rt 0.138)
5, Jonathan Borlee, BEL, 45.07 (Rt 0.160)
6, Rondell Bartholomew, GRN, 45.45 (Rt 0.314)
7, Tabarie Henry, ISV, 45.55 (Rt 0.167)
8, Femi Seun-Ogunode, QAT, 45.55 (Rt 0.170)

Video of 400m Men Final (Kirani James 44.60) - Daegu World Championships 

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ASIAN LEADERS (Men)

100m 9.91 Su Bingtian CHN, Madrid
200m 20.16 Xie Zhenye CHN, Osaka
400m 44.07 Abdalelah Haroun QAT, London
800m 1:45.65 Jinson Johnson IND, Guwahati
1500m 3:34.55 Sadik Mikhou BRN, Paris
5000m 13:01.09 Birhanu Yemataw BRN, Lausanne
10000m 27:38.16 Hassan Chani BRN, Maia
Mar 2:06.11 Yuta Shitara JPN, Tokyo
3000 Sc 8:22.00 Kosei Yamaguchi JPN, Abashiri
110mh 13.36 Ahmad Al-Mouaed KSA, Praha
400mh 46.98 Abderrahman Samba QAT, Paris
HJ 2.40 Mutaz Barshim QAT, Doha
PV 5.71 Xue Changrui CHN, Shanghai
LJ 8.47A Wang Jianan CHN, Guiyang
TJ 17.22 Dong Bin CHN, Eugene OR
SP 20.24 Tejinder Singh IND, Patiala
DT 68.85 Ehsan Hadidi IRI, Chula Vista CA
HT 78.18 Dilshod Nazarov TJK, Chorzow
JT 87.43 Neeraj Chopra IND, Doha
Dec 7948 Keisuke Ushiro JPN, Gotzis
20kmW 1:17:26 Eiki Takahashi JPN, Kobe
50kmW 3:44:25 Hiroki Arai JPN, Taichang
4x100m 37.85 Japan Team JPN, Osaka
4x400m 3:04.05 India Team IND, Gold Coast
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ASIAN LEADERS (Women)

100m 10.99 Wei Yongli CHN, Resisprint
200m 22.73 Viktoriya Zyabkina KAZ, Almaty
400m 49.08 Salwa Eid Naser BRN, Monaco
800m 2:02.23 Manal Bahraoui BRN, Duffel
1500m 4:11.55 P.U Chitra IND, Guwahati
5000m 15:10.91 Rina Nabeshima JPN, Eugene OR
10000m 31:52.42 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Yamaguchi
Mar 2:22.44 Mizuki Matsuda JPN, Osaka
3000 Sc 9:10.74 Winfred Yavi BRN, Monaco
100mh 13.08 Wu Shuijiao CHN, Shanghai
400mh 55.54 Aminat Odeyemi BRN, Goleniow
HJ 1.91 Nadzehda Dusanova UZB, Tashkent
PV 4.60 Li Ling CHN, London
LJ 6.64A Xu Xiaoling CHN, Guiyang
TJ 14.25 Olga Rypakova KAZ, Paris
SP 20.38A Gong Lijiao CHN, Guiyang
DT 67.03 Chen Yang CHN, Osterode
HT 75.02 Luo Na CHN, Halle
JT 67.69 Lu Huihui CHN, Halle
Hep 5898 Purnima Hembram IND, Guwahati
20kmW 1:26:28 Qieyang Shenjie CHN, La Coruna

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