Two Former Tiders In Olympic Track

As track and field competition gets underway at the 2012 London Olympics, two former University of Alabama standouts, Kirani James and Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, are also set to begin their Olympic journey on the oval at the London Olympic Stadium.

Reigning 400-meter World Champion Kirani James will begin his potential march to the podium Saturday at 4:35 a.m. CDT in the quarterfinals of the event. The semifinals follow Sunday Aug. 5 at 2:40 p.m. CDT with the finals coming Monday, Aug. 6 at 3:30 p.m. CDT.

"I want to go out and represent my country to the best of my ability," James, representing Grenada, said in an interview with the British press. "It's crazy, everybody at home is excited and Grenadians everywhere are excited and proud about what we do – not just me – but the rest of our athletes. It's great that we have so many people following us and supporting us. It's the Olympics, so you can't underestimate anyone, everyone is going out there to do their best."

James, who won a pair of NCAA titles at Alabama in 2010 and 2011, currently owns the sixth fastest time in the world in the event after winning the 2011 World Championship in 44.60 to become the youngest World Champion in the event. He owns a personal best of 44.36 in the event. Should James medal, it would be the first Olympic medal for the small Caribbean nation.

Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, a former UA All-America who finished sixth in the 100 meters at the 2005 NCAA Championships, will take to the track Friday morning at 5:40 a.m. CDT in the women's 100 meter preliminary round. It will be Harrigan-Scott's second Olympiad. She also represented her native British Virgin Islands in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She currently has a season best 11.71 in the event and a personal best of 11.13 and is one of just two BVI athletes to represent the country at the Olympics.

Both James and Harrigan-Scott had the honor of carrying their nation's flag in the Parade of Nations during The Opening Ceremony.

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