Kirani James, left, of Grenada, is disqualified for a false start in the 400m event on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Prefontaine Classic athletics meet in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Kirani James, left, of Grenada, is disqualified for a false start in the 400m event on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Prefontaine Classic athletics meet in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

by Michael Bascombe

Coverage courtesy “LIME-Value Every Moment”

EUGENE, Oregon, May 31, 2013 – Kirani James will have two things on his mind when he takes the track to compete in the Men’s 400 metres at the 2013 Prefontaine Classic here on Saturday.

The World and Olympic champion will be attempting to maintain his unbeaten post-Olympic and 2013 Diamond League campaign but also erased memories of last year’s false start and disqualification at the Prefontaine Classic.

James takes on a field which includes the top five finishers from the 2012 London Olympic Games. Luguelín Santos of the Dominican Republic and Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago, the silver and bronze medallists behind James in London, are in the line-up which also includes Bahamian Chris Brown and Kevin Borlée of Belgium.

But the Americans – LaShawn Merritt and Tony McQuay – should not be overshadowed and will have the home support. Pavel Maslák of the Czech Republic completes the roster.

James had a snafu at last year’s Prefontaine Classic when he false started but ran unsuccessfully under protest. Merritt won theKirani James - World Talk event in a time of 44.91 seconds.

The Grenadian national record holder is aware of the challenges among his peers.

“My event is very competitive. There are a lot of guys capable of doing great things so I can’t take things for granted,” he said at a press conference on Friday.

“It’s just being consistent. As long as I can stay consistent from here throughout to World Championships that will be good,” he said.

“From my last race you saw what kind of shape I am in, so I just have to keep working and aiming to be consistent.”

“It shows that I am in good shape. That I am on track to do some good things but it doesn’t guarantee anything. I can’t control what the other guys do out there. I could only control what I do,” said James.

Sponsored by NIKE continuously since 1984, the Prefontaine Classic will be shown live to an international audience and by NBC Sports from 4:30 till 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Men’s 400 Metre Personal Best
1. Tony McQuay (USA) 44.49
2. Kevin Borlée (Belgium) 44.56
3. Chris Brown (Bahamas) 44.40
4. Kirani James (Grenada) 43.94
5. LaShawn Merritt (USA) 43.75
6. Luguelín Santos (Dominican Republic) 44.45
7. Lalonde Gordon (Trinidad & Tobago) 44.52
8. Pavel Maslák (Czech Republic) 44.91

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Alpheus Finlayson
Alpheus Finlayson

I believe King James will run 43.75 sec or better this year. By 2015 he should improve his best to 43.50 sec.

 
 
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