Grenadian James runs world-leading time


Grenadian teenager Kirani James majestically ran a world-leading 45.79 seconds to win the men's 400 metres at the Meyo Invitational Indoor meet on Saturday.

The 17-year-old James, on debut for the University of Alabama, eclipsed the previous 2010 world best of 45.81 by the US Virgin Islands

' Tabarie Henry.

The 2009 IAAF World Youth Championship double gold medallist was unchallenged as he strode to a commanding win over Ohio State's Thomas Murdaugh and Iowa's Steven Willey.

Murdaugh was a well-beaten second in 46.43 and Willey clocked 47.22 for third behind James, who only last month accepted a full athletics scholarship

to the University of Alabama.

The promising James is being coached at Alabama by Harvey Glance, a former 100-metre world-record holder.

Glance was among the coaches visiting Grenada last year when a flurry of US Colleges sent scouts to lure the young sensation.

James ran a scorching 45.45 seconds to erase Usain Bolt's six-year-old CARIFTA Games record of 46.35 in St Lucia last April and IAAF media reps labelled him 'the next Usain Bolt' after the 16-year-old delivered a majestic sprint double success at the IAAF World Youth (Under-18) Championship in Italy last July.

He ran a brilliant World Youth championship record 45.24 to win the 400 metres and also captured the 200 metres.