James and Walcott share spotlight at Commonwealth awards
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC-World and Olympic 400m champion Grenada’s Kirani James and Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott, the Olympic javelin champion, shared the spotlight at the 30th Commonwealth sports awards here over the weekend.
James received the nod for outstanding male athlete ahead of 100m world champion Jamaican Yohan Blake and 5,000 metre champion Mohammed Farah of England.
James was absent for the awards, as he is preparing for examinations at the Alabama University in the United States.
Aaron Moses, first vice-president of the Grenada Athletic Association represented him.
James, nicknamed the jaguar, won Grenada’s first Olympic medal and the first for the OECS sub-grouping after his unprecedented exploits in London last august.
Last year, he won Grenada’s first senior World Outdoor title in taking the one lap event at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
T&T’s Olympic gold medalists Keshorn Walcott copped the “Outstanding Youth Achiever Award” for his performances during the period of July 2011 to June 2012.
The 19-year-old stunned the world by winning the gold medal in the javelin event at the London Olympics in August.
Walcott beat out Singapore swimmer Joseph Isaac Schooling and English diver Tom Daley.