Grenadian James posts world-leading time in 400 metres

first_img “I’m happy with the time, I’m happy with the performance, and I’m just happy to be here at Drake. I always have a good experience here, so all is well.” On a chilly day at Drake Stadium, James showed little negative effects from the weather. Running out of lane five, with Merritt in lane four, James held a narrow lead heading into the final 100 metres and managed to hold on despite Merritt nearly pulling level. The win came against the backdrop of James’s impressive 44.36 run at the Bahamas Invitational in Nassau two weeks ago, and sent a strong warning to his rivals, with attention already on the Summer Olympics in Rio. James, who dominated the London 2012 event but finished third at the Beijing World Championships last year, said he was much more prepared for this year’s showpiece. “Now is a lot different. I understand the event a lot better. I know the athletes more,” he said. “It’s a lot more technical … people look out for you to perform, and that’s part of it.” DES MOINES, Iowa, (CMC): Grenada’s Olympic champion Kirani James produced a world-leading time to win the men’s 400 metres at the Drake Relays here on Friday night, and continued his fine start to the new international season. The 23-year-old stormed to 44.08 seconds – the second fastest time ever run in the first four months of a year – to edge American nemesis, former World and Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, who was timed at 44.22. James’s fellow countryman Bralon Taplin claimed third in 44.92. “It shows that I’m on course to do some great things so long as I don’t take anything for granted and keep on doing the right things for the rest of this season,” James said following the performance. Good experiencelast_img read more

IT’S ALL ‘XCESSIBLE’ AT GARTAN OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgOn Saturday 1st of December Donegal Sports Partnership in conjunction with Gartan Outdoor Education Centre hosted the Xcessible Inclusive Outdoors Initiative.The event which was open to people of all abilities was part of an overall National initiative organised by the CARA centre for Adapted Physical Activity in Tralee and supported by the Department of Justice & Equality. Xcessible, which was organised to celebrate international disability awareness day, aimed to promote outdoor activities amongst people with disabilities by encouraging them to access local facilities.Saturday saw children and adults with disabilities, their friends, siblings and parents participate together in adventure activities such as archery, climbing and orienteering.The sessions led by experienced staff from Gartan Outdoor Education Centre were thoroughly enjoyed by all participants on the day; with each activity accessible to everyone irrespective of ability and there were no limits to what participants could do.Speaking following the event Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Donegal Sports Partnership Thérèse Laverty felt that the day had been very successful with many participants visiting Gartan and having an opportunity to partake in outdoor activities for the first time. “Feedback from participants and their families has been very positive with many expressing an interest in further participation.”Donegal Sports Partnership would like to extend it’s thanks to Gartan Outdoor Education centre for facilitating the event and to all the participants that attended and joined in on the day. Further information on the initiative is available from Donegal Sports Partnership by contacting 074 (91) 16078/16079 or via email on [email protected] event was supported by the Irish Sports Council, IT Tralee, Irish Trails office, Mountaineering Ireland & Outdoor Education Centres. IT’S ALL ‘XCESSIBLE’ AT GARTAN OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gartan Outdoor Centrelast_img read more