Kirani James is a Grenadian sprinter who specializes in the 200 and 400 metres. He won the 400m at the World Championships in 2011 and is the reigning Olympic champion, winning the 400 metres at London 2012. He was Grenada's first Olympic medalist in any sport and in 2009 was declared Grenada Sportsman of the Year.
Prodigious from a young age, he ran the fastest 400m times ever by a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. He won a series of gold medals at the CARIFTA Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games and rose on the international stage with 400m silver medals at the 2007 World Youth and 2008 World Junior Championships. James became the first athlete to run a 200/400 double at the 2009 World Youth Championships and was the 2010 World Junior Champion.
James received an athletic scholarship at the University of Alabama and won back-to-back NCAA Outdoor Championship titles in his first two years. He is the third fastest of all-time indoors for 400m (44.80 seconds) and ran a personal best of 43.74 at a 2014 Diamond League event in Lausanne. James is one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.
Kirani won Grenada Athlete of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and has been ranked number 1 in the world at 400m in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and number 2 in 2013.
Kirani is currently finishing his studies as an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama.