'I have a long way to go'- Grenadian quartermiler James far from feeling his best

By June 12, 2018
Grenada's Kirani James. Grenada's Kirani James.

Grenadian Olympic champion Kirani James insists he has a long way to go before he can claim to start feeling like his old self again.

The 25-year-old recently spent a year out of the sport after being diagnosed with Graves’ disease.  James did not look too bothered by rust on his return to competitive action, however, as he clocked a breezy 44.35 second to claim top spot at the Racers Grand Prix.  The athlete, once the sport’s premier quartermiler admitted that despite being satisfied with the result there was a lot of work still left to be done.

“I still have a long way to go,” James said following the performance on Saturday.

“One of the goals for me and my coach was not just my performance in the race but how I felt afterwards.  I still felt a little bit down afterwards so we have to get back to training and do some more preparing so that I can get back that feeling I used to have,” he added.

On Saturday, fast starting American Fred Kerley was in second 44.36s, while Bralon Taplin, the second Grenadian in the lineup was third in 45.11s.

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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