James wins 400m but disappointed by time

MONCTON, Canada (CMC) – Grenadian Kirani James won the men’s 400 metres at the World Junior Championships here Thursday night but the experience proved bittersweet for the outstanding quarter-miler. While he easily trounced his field at the Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium, the time was way off his personal best.
The 17-year-old James clocked 45.89 seconds to cross the line first ahead of Hungary’s Marcell Deák Nagy (46.09) and American Errol Nolan (46.36).
A freshman at the University of Alabama, James had easily won his semi-final on Wednesday when he clocked 46.27 seconds to finish ahead of Germany’s Marco Kaiser.
Despite his win, however, James said he was very disappointed with the substandard time which he attributed to fatigue.
“I don’t care about championships, I just care about running fast. The time was not pleasing to me or the fans,” said James who won the event at the CARIFTA Championships in Cayman Islands in April.
Running out of lane six, James was off to a good start, making up the stagger down the backstretch quickly before hitting the front in the stretch.
With Nagy closing the gap, James failed to find his usual late burst and faded deep at the finish.
“The legs were just not turning over,” James lamented.
Bahamian Shaunae Miller, meanwhile, completed a sweep for the Caribbean when she upset her field to capture the women’s equivalent in 52.52 seconds.
The 16-year-old, the reigning CARIFTA champion, held off favourite Nigerian Margaret Etim who finished second in 53.05 seconds, while Romanian Bianca Razor was third in 53.17 seconds.

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