Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says the country remains proud of the accomplishment of Kirani James although he was unable to regain his 400 metres title at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China on Wednesday.
James was stunned by South African Wayde van Niekerk and was forced to settle for bronze behind defending champion American LaShawn Merritt.
Mitchell says the fact that James crossed the line in a season’s best time of 43.78 seconds is an achievement to be proud of.
“This was an exceedingly fast race from all indications for three men to be under 44. This probably is one of his best times,” declared Mitchell .
“So clearly this is something that we all should be very proud of. His performance clearly indicates that Kirani continues to hold his head high in these competitions”.
Residents from the west coast fishing town of Gouyave, James’s hometown, celebrated his third place finish by dancing in the streets.