Kirani James will not make London World Champs
Kirani James will not be competing at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Champions in London this August.
The 24-year-old Grenadian, who has been ailing since the start of the season and who has not competed since April at the Drake Relays in the United States, will not be in condition to compete against the likes of Wayde van Niekerk, LaShawn Merritt, and newcomer Fred Kerley when action in the one-lap sprint begins on August 5.
"He is recovering from his illness and he will not be participating in World Champs 2017 in London," said President of the Grenada Athletics Association, Charley George, while speaking with SportsMax.tv on Wednesday.
While he was not at liberty to speak about James' illness and his subsequent recovery, George said James had not returned to his full training regimen, which leaves him very unprepared to go up against the world's best quarter-milers this Summer.
"He is just doing some simple work outs and the nature of the 400m is that that you can't just come up and do it, you have to prepare and he is certainly not ready for that event," George said.
James started the season on April 8 at the Grenada Invitational where he won in 45.44s but was not particularly convincing. His next race at the Drake Relays in Iowa later that month, April 26, was even worse.
In wet and windy conditions, James was sixth in the 400m in a pedantic 46.21.
When SportsMax.tv reached out to his coach, Harvey Glance, after that run, he said he was shutting down James' competitive season to give the 2012 Olympic champion a chance to return to his best.
George, however, while disappointed at the fact that the 2011 World Champion would not have a shot at potentially claiming another title, his country, he said, would still be sending a strong group of representatives to the championships.
He mentioned 400-metre runner Bralon Taplin, decathletes Lindon Victor, the 2017 NCAA champion, and Kurt Felix, as well as upcoming javelin thrower Anderson Peters, all of whom he said should do well in London this summer.