2016 Olympic silver medalist Kirani James’ competitive season has been put ‘on hold’ as he works to rebound from poor performances this season.
James, the 2012 Olympic 400-metre champion, has had a relatively ordinary start to the 2017 season.
At the Grenada Invitational on April 8, James was less than convincing while winning the 400 metres in a relatively pedestrian 45.44s.
Expected to be the star of the meet in the stadium that is named after him, James had his thunder stolen by Bahamian Steve Gardiner, who won the ‘B’ race in a world-leading 44.26.
At his next appearance, in cold and wet conditions at the 2017 Drake Relays in Iowa, last Friday, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion visibly struggled and faded down the home stretch to cross the line sixth in 46.21 seconds.
The race was won by James’ perennial rival, LaShawn Merritt, in 45.41 seconds.
“Anyone who has followed his illustrious career can tell he is not 100 per cent,” said James’ coach, Harvey Glance, in response to queries from SportsMax.tv.
“His season is on hold for now till we get him back to that point.”
Sources tell SportsMax.tv that the athlete is suffering from a respiratory infection but Glance said he expects the 24-year-old Grenadian to be back to his best in due course.
“We have had six years of consistency and certainly look forward to many more,” Glance said.
“Kirani is proud to have fans all around the world and would certainly hope that two meets won’t define who he is or what he has been.”