Kirani James


  • 31 July, 2014
  • by Grenada Spot

Olympic and Commonwealth champion, Ki­rani James, is ranked by the IAAF and Cen­tral American and the Caribbean (CAC) as the number One 400 meter athlete for 2014 athletic season.

This ranking is based on his world leading performance of 43.74 secs at the 2014 Diamond league in Lausanne, in July, a race he won over his close rival LaShawn Merritt. Joel Readhead is ranked 32ndin the 200 me­ters, with his 20.59 secs run back in June while Kirani is ranked 34th in the same event from his May of 2014 run of 20.63.

Commonwealth silver medallist Kurt Felix is ranked number 2 in the decathlon, with his record winning performance of 8070 points at the 2014 Common­wealth Games. He is also ranked 29th in the High Jump events. Lindon Victor, brother of Kurt is ranked 5th in the decathlon. His 7429 point earned him a 9th place finish at the Glasglow Commonwealth Games. He is also ranked 11th in the Javelin (71.23 m) and 27th in the Discus (51.72 m).

Other senior male athletes making the CAC rankings are Emron Gibbs, 17th in the Javelin (69.40 m) and Kellon Alexis 16th in the discus (53.95 m) and 32nd in the Hammer throw (53.59 m).

Youth Olympic silver medallist, Meleni Rodney is the highest ranked Grenadian on the female lists. The 16 year old athlete, is ranked 33rd in the 400 meters based on her 53.33 secs run at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in China in August, 2014. Additionally, the Beacon Southern Pros athlete (Meleni) is ranked 2nd on the CAC Youth list and 26thon the IAAF Junior list and 7th on the IAAF Youth list.

US based athlete Kanika Beckles is ranked 38th in the one lap event with her season's best performance of 53.65 secs. in April in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Na­tional record holder, Sherry Fletcher was ranked 35th in the 100 meters with her 11.56 secs run at the Spring Invitational in April, in what can be dubbed her return to international competition.

Triple CARIFTA gold medallist, Anderson Peters a student of SDCSS is ranked number one on the CAC ranking for the Youth Javelin, with his life time best throw of 72.39 meters at the CAC Junior champion held in Mexico. This St. David's Track Blazers athlete is also ranked 20th on the 2014 IAAF Youth list.

Carriacou's athlete, Mickel Joseph is ranked 4th on the CAC Youth list based on his 66.06 meter throw at the CAC Junior championship, while Josh Hazzard of SDCSS is ranked 15th in the shot put (14. 64 m). Josh Boteng a student of GBSS is ranked 10th in the discus from his performance at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games held in China in August.

The Central American and Caribbean Athletic As­sociation (CACAC) is the confederation's governing body of athletics for national governing bodies and multi-national federations within Central America and the Caribbean. It was formed in 1967 and boasts of a membership of 34 with 5 observer federations. CA­CAC's president Alain Jean Pierre of Haiti hosted the Central American and Caribbean Senior Champion­ships, Central American and Caribbean Junior/Youth Championships, Central American and Caribbean Cross Country Championships, Central American and Caribbean Age Group Championships.

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