Kirani James wins Zurich Diamond League title

Grenada’s top track and field athletes, Kirani James and Anderson Peters, are set to make their seasonal debuts over the next two weekends, marking the start of the 2023 track and field season.


James, a three-time Olympic and World Championship medalist, will open his outdoor season at the Botswana Golden Grand Prix on April 29th. He will be facing off against hometown hero Isaac Makwala, a former African and Commonwealth Champion.

James is ranked number two in the world in the 400m and is focused on achieving a successful season. His long-time coach, Harvey Glance, has expressed the team’s excitement about the start of the season and their desire to set a tone of consistency. James previously competed in Morocco and is looking forward to his second time competing on the African continent.

Meanwhile, Peters, the reigning and two-time javelin World Champion, is preparing for his season opener on May 5th. Peters, who is currently based in Grenada, is engaged in intense training at the La Sagesse Playing Field in St. David. Peters has enjoyed great success at the upcoming venue, where he won his first world title in 2019 and threw his personal best of 93.07m, the fifth-best throw of all time.

Peters is currently ranked number one in the world in the javelin throw and is looking to defend his World Championship title for the third consecutive time. His coach, Paul Phillips, has set high goals for the athlete for the 2023 season, including bettering his personal best and having more than three throws above the 90m mark at the World Championships.

The 2023 Meet, the first of the Wanda Diamond League Meets, will feature Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist, Neeraj Chopra, who will be competing against Peters. Peters is focused on achieving his goals for the season and continuing his reign as the top javelin thrower in the world.


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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