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For Immediate Release
GRENADA CELEBRATES GOLDEN BOY KIRANI JAMES’ OLYMPIC RECORD AT LONDON GAMES
St. Georges, Grenada, August 10, 2012 -- Grenada continues its celebration of its favorite son Kirani James, who secured the country’s first ever Olympic Gold Medal with his victory in the 400 metres men’s final at The London 2012 Olympic Games. Born in the parish of St John in Grenada, 19-year old Kirani seized the Gold Medal with a time of 43.94 seconds, a new national record.
After winning the gold, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas gave Grenada the afternoon off declaring it a “national half holiday.” And, an island resident noted, “The whole nation watched the race live from London – there was not a car to be seen on the roads and the entire island is now celebrating. We’re so proud of Kirani and the Olympic Team for all they’ve achieved in London.”
The newly crowned Olympic champion noted that after winning his medal there was a huge street party. “I saw a couple of videos, a couple of pictures. I mean the streets were packed," he said.
James told a news conference that while the government may be setting up a celebration for all Grenadian Olympians, he was not sure he would be there for the festivities. Professional commitments and his studies may delay his return to Grenada until Christmas.
James is an undergraduate at the University of Alabama studying business.
Edwin Frank, Public Relations Officer for The Grenada Board of Tourism, commented, “The Grenada Board of Tourism joins with all Grenadians in congratulating Kirani for his astounding performance. There is no doubt that this heroic demonstration of calm, purposeful, determination has placed Grenada on a pivotal that cannot be compared with any other masterpiece. We rejoice with his family and support staff, and give God thanks for this amazing combination of gifts. The Board looks forward to future conquests that will also serve to positively position Grenada as a tourism destination that many will feel compelled to visit.”
Known as the “Spice of the Caribbean,” Grenada boasts some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, delectable cuisine and spices, a tropical rainforest, and a wide range of fun-filled activities such as diving, snorkeling, hiking, fishing and sailing. Grenada can be reached from the U.S. by Delta Airlines’ and Caribbean Air’s non-stop service from New York. Grenada can also be reached daily by American Eagle, via San Juan, and by American Airlines via its non-stop Miami service. Grenada is a proud member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP).
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