GLASGOW (SportingAlert) — Grenada’s London Olympic champion Kirani James is one of the quickest qualifiers for the men’s 400m semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park.
James, the world-leader over the quarter-final at 43.74secs, cruised into the semis with a heat winning performance of 45.52, the second fastest time of the rounds.
“Kirani James was superb. You couldn’t even see when he put his foot down, that was how good it was,” BBC Sports athletics pundit Colin Jackson said.
“There’s a lot of debate about the Commonwealth Games and their place, but you can see that they matter to Kirani James – he wants to win major titles and he’s a true champion.”
Qualifying the fastest from the heats is Isaac Makwala of Botswana and he clocked 45.33 to win his heat in the morning session.
England’s Martyn Rooney and Michael Bingham are also amongst the qualifiers with respective times of 45.57 and 45.80.
Other top qualifiers for the semi-finals are Trinidad and Tobago’s Jarrin Solomon (45.69), and he is joined by his fellow countrymen Lalonde Gordon (45.84) and Renny Quow (45.86). Grenada’s Bralon Taplin (45.90) also broke the 46seconds barrier.
Veteran Chris Brown from the Bahamas won his heat in 46.30, so too did his countryman Latoy Williams, who ran 46.07.
The Commonwealth Games 400m semi-finals are set for Tuesday, with the final on Wednesday.