by Michael Bascombe
Coverage courtesy “LIME-Value Every Moment”
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, June 25, 2013 – Kirani James has returned to the city and stadium which announced his arrival to the world of athletics.
It was six years ago when James arrived in Ostrava as a 14 year-old athlete with only a gold medal from the Boys’ Under-17 400 metres at the Junior CARIFTA Games in the Turks and Caicos.
He left the World Youth Championships with a silver medal and a personal best of 46.96 seconds, a time which is still the fastest ever ran by a 14 year-old.
This time James, who has since dominated the CARIFTA Games and went on to win 400m titles at Pan American Junior, Commonwealth Youth, World Youth, Junior and Senior and the Olympic Games, is one of the big athletic star for Thursday’s 52nd Ostrava Golden Spike, an IAAF World Challenge.
“I almost didn’t recognise it…new track…pretty impressive,” James said as he toured the facility on Monday. “I expect good competition (Thursday). I am sure the Meet Promoters put together a great field and I expect to have a good performance.”
If all goes well, James is expecting an easy win in Thursday’s event. He will be challenged by Britons Nigel Levine and Michael Bingham, as well as Wade Van Niekerk of South Africa and homeboy Pavel Maslák.