Kirani James on arrival at Glasgow Airport/GrenadaSports

Kirani James on arrival at Glasgow Airport/GrenadaSports

by Michael Bascombe

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 23, 2014 (GrenadaSports) – Olympic 400 metres champion Kirani James of Grenada slipped through Glasgow’s International Airport early Wednesday morning ahead of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

James, who is among a list of Olympic or World champions who will be competing in Glasgow, arrived with his coach Harvey Glance two days late and without his luggage due to airline delays and cancellations.

The Grenadian quarter-miler is back in the United Kingdom where he won gold at the Olympic Games in London two years ago.

James has had a good season thus far and highly favoured to win the one-lap event. He considers the Commonwealth Games as important as any of the other major championships.

“I realised it’s a big meet and a big deal for Grenada, so it’s for me to go out there and represent my country and compete well,” he told GrenadaSports on arrival in Glasgow.

“Arrival was good and it seems like they (organisers) were prepared so everything went smoothly,” he said although he arrived without his luggage.

James is one of four quarter-milers on the Grenada team which also includes Bralon Taplin, Payton Hazzard and Rondell Bartholomew.

He is not new to the Commonwealth Games, although it will be his first time at this level. The Grenadian quarter-miler holds the Commonwealth Youth Games’ Record of 46.66 he set in Pune, India in 2008.

James has won titles in most of the major championships including CARIFTA Games, Pan American Junior Championships, World Youth, World Junior, Commonwealth Youth Games, World Championships and Olympic Games.

His target in Glasgow will be Iwan Thomas’ 1998 400m Games record of 44.52.

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