RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Grenadian Olympic 400m champion, Kirani James, said it will be “entertaining” to see American, LaShawn Merritt, chasing medals in the 200m and 400m.

“I think it might be really entertaining to see him just try to win two medals, three medals, you can count the 4x400m,” said James.

Merritt is the world leader in both the men’s 200m, 19.74 and 400m, 43.97. He also had other 200m times of 19.78 and 19.79.

Asked what Merritt’s fast times mean to the 400m field, James said the times don’t mean much. “I think it means a lot to him, because he is trying to do the double.”

“I think that’s a feat, not a lot of people could even attempt to do so,” added James, the London 2012 400m champion.

Merritt will come up against the king of track and field Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin, who beat him at the USA Trials, and rising star Miguel Francis of Antigua and Barbuda in the half lap event.

In the 400m, the 2013 world champion faces last year’s winner, Wayne Van Niekerk of South African and James.

“I think its great for him to try and win medals in both events, which I think it’s the toughest double ever,” added James, the 2011 World 400m champion.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.



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