Kirani James Wins 400-Meter Semifinal

Former Crimson Tide track stud Kirani James won his 400-meter semifinal heat Sunday evening at Olympic Stadium. He'll run in the final in lane five on Monday. After the race, James showed a tremendous act of sportsmanship by swapping bib numbers with South Africa's Oscar Pistorius.

Former Alabama track star Kirani James continued his Olympic success Sunday evening by winning his 400-meter semifinal heat.

James, representing his native Grenada, clocked a season-best time of 44.59, which ended up being the second fastest in the three semifinal heats.

James, the reigning World Champion in the event, will run in lane five of Monday's final at 3:30 p.m. CDT. Of the nine competitors in the final, he has the fastest personal best at 44.36.

Should James stand upon the podium Monday, he would be Grenada's first Olympic medalist and the fourth former Crimson Tide male track athlete to medal at the Olympics.

James showed a tremendous act of sportsmanship after his race by swapping bib numbers with South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, who made history by becoming the first double-amputee athlete to compete in track at the Olympics, who came last in the heat.


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