Lindon Victor/Texas A&M

Lindon Victor/Texas A&M

ST GEORGE’S, June 10, 2016 – Olympic champion Kirani James and Decathlete Lindon Victor are joint Athletes of the Month of May, according to GrenadaSports.

James and Victor were the top performers for Grenada with exceptional performances in May.

GrenadaSports Athlete of the Month of May 2016

WINNER: KIRANI JAMES & Lindon Victor

In May, James had convincing victories at the Guadeloupe Invitational and the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. He extended his lead over rival American LaShawn Merritt including three victories at the Classic.

James is chosen for his consistency and high intensity competitiveness as he prepares to defend his Olympic title in Rio in August.

The Olympic 400 metres champion accelerated over the final 60 metres to win in 44.22 seconds and clear of main rival American LaShawn Merritt (44.39) and Isaac Makwala of Botswana (45.37).

This was the fifth time both James and Merritt clashed at the Prefontaine with the Grenadian topping the American on three occasions. Overall, James holds a 12-7 advantage on Merritt since they began competing against each other in 2011.

James, who won his island’s first Olympic medal at the London Games in 2012, is preparing to defend that title in Brazil this summer but is expected to be strongly challenged by the reigning world champion Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa.

Victor, a junior at Texas A&M University, was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Field Athlete of the Year after his league-meet-record performance in the decathlon, scoring a meet record 8,446 points and setting personal best in nine of 10 events.

The score ranks fourth on the all-time collegiate list and set the Grenada national record.

Lindon’s previous best score in the decathlon was 7,453 from a seventh-place finish at the Pan Am Games last summer. He produced nine career best marks among the 10 events of the decathlon. Prior to the final event, Victor’s score of 7,810 had already surpassed his previous career best tally.

Other records from Victor’s decathlon included the best first day score in SEC history with 4,309 points, topping the 4,224 set by Uibo in 2015. Victor’s second day score of 4,137 points just missed the collegiate all-time best of 4,145.

In the discus a throw of 179-0 by Victor bettered the previous collegiate decathlon best of 176-8 as he topped the SEC field by 32 feet. Only three athletes in the world have thrown the discus further in a decathlon, at the time.

When taking all the throwing events of the decathlon into account, Victor produced the fifth best score in history. His total of 2,675 points from the shot put, discus and javelin were less than 75 points away from the world’s top score of 2,748 points by Canada’s Michael Smith in 1996.

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