'King James' pays Bim visit
Olympic and World champion over the 400-metres distance, Kirani James, flew into the Grantley Adams International Airport around two o’clock this afternoon and was greeted by local officials who included director of sports Erskine King, president of the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados Esther Maynard, and her second vice- president Noel Lynch.
James was all smiles while interacting with those around him as individuals flocked to his side to have their pictures taken with him or just to be close to the young phenomenon.
He spoke with members of the media at the airport and was then later treated to lunch at Champers Restaurant, where he was greeted by other officials and excited fans.
The darling of his native Grenada, where he is returning for the first time since winning Olympic Gold earlier this month, was in transit to his homeland having just competed in Lausanne, Switzerland at a Diamond League meet where he again proved unbeatable in the 400 metres.
In a short interview with Barbados TODAY, James spoke about his Olympic experience and said it was great and that he was happy to be on the world stage representing his country and making everyone in the region proud.
As it relates to him balancing his athletics training and going back to school, the amiable Spice Isle athlete said he was a part-time student at the University of Alabama and this semester he would only be taking six credits.
“It should be a big ease off me just juggling the two, so it should be easy,” James explained.
When asked about how he felt going back to Grenada with a gold medal, James said it was exciting to have so many people feeling very proud of his achievements and to help in shining the world’s spotlight on his homeland.
James, or King James, as he has been dubbed, noted that when he stepped onto the track there were always Caribbean people watching him and it was really humbling for him to know he had such a strong fan base.
Major celebrations are planned for James on his return home. (ML)