Grenada’s James won country’s first gold medal
The brilliant 19-year-old stormed away off the top bend to win in a personal best of 43.94 seconds, well clear of fellow teenager Luguelin Santos in second.
Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago took the bronze.
Since 2008, James has won Commonwealth Youth gold, World Youth gold, the World Juniors, World Championships and now the Olympics.
With this display, he becomes the eighth fastest man in history over one lap. This is a new generation of 400m men. In an event traditionally dominated by the United States, not a single American made the final.
Silver medallist Santos of the Dominican Republic is just 18 years old, while only one man in the field – the Bahamas’s Chris Brown – is over 24. Brown, fourth in Beijing and in two previous world finals, was once again just a place off the podium.