Grenada, member of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), achieved its second medal in the history of the Olympic Games, now in Rio 2016.
Both medals have been won by the same athlete, runner Kirani James in the 400 meters event. In London he won the gold medal, then the first one for the small Caribbean country.
On this occasion in Rio, Kirani had to settle for silver, due to the fact that gold was for South African Wayde van Niekerk, who is also world champion in 400 meters and who erased from the lists the old world record established by American Michael Johnson, winning the Olympic final with a time of 43.03, with a great exhibition at the finish line.
Van Niekerk was 15 hundredths faster than the previous record, established by American Michael Johnson on August 26th, 1999 in the World Championship’s finals in Sevilla.
The silver medal was won by Grenadian Kirani James, previous Olympic champion, with a time of 43.76 and bronze was for American LaShawn Merritt, Olympic champion in Beijing 2008, with a time of 43.85.
Grenada participated for the first time in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and has done so ever since. It was until London that they won their first medal. The Grenada Olympic Committee is chaired by president Royston La Hee and Veda Bruno-Victor is secretary general.