Kirani James is the BamaCentral Crimson Tide Pro Athlete of the Week

The former Crimson Tide runner is a one seed heading into his 400m final at the Olympics.
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Kirani James of Grenada has a chance to win a gold medal in the 400m at this year's Olympics.

The former member of the Alabama track program recently won his heat in the semifinal, and will race for 'all the marbles,' or all the gold, later this week.

His time in the semifinal was 43.88, and if he wins the final, he'd be the only former Crimson Tide runner to win a gold medal in the 400m, arguably the competition's most exciting event to many spectators due to the quick nature of the race.

After all, a time of less than 45 second proves you're extremely fast, but also what a rush the event itself provides to those competing and watching.

While at Alabama, James won back-to-back NCAA Outdoor Championships in his first two seasons in the program. He's also one of nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior levels of global competition.

Honorable mention

  • Former Alabama golfer Emma Talley, now of the LPGA Tour, just earned her 7th top-ten finish after a second place performance at the World Invitational. Her seven career top-ten finishes in LPGA tournaments are tied for most by a former Alabama women's golfer. 

Previous winners in 2021:

Dec. 29 - Jan. 5 Derrick Henry

Jan. 6 - 12 Daron Payne

Jan. 13 - 19 Levi Wallace

Jan. 20 - 26 Collin Sexton

Jan. 27 - Feb. 2. JaMychal Green

Feb. 3 - 9 Collin Sexton

Feb. 9 - 16 Kira Lewis Jr.

Feb. 17 - 23 Levi Randolph

Feb. 24 - March 2 Collin Sexton

March 3 - 9 Collin Sexton

March 10 - 16 Justin Thomas

March 17 - 23 Collin Sexton

March 24 - 30 JaMychal Green

March 31 - April 6 Collin Sexton

April 7 - April 13 Collin Sexton

April 14 - April 20 Levi Randolph

April 21 - April 27 Collin Sexton

April 28 - May 4 Davis Riley

May 5 - May 11 Collin Sexton

May 12 - May 18 Dicky Pride

May 19 - May 25 Spencer Turnbull

May 26 - June 1 Alexa Guarachi

June 2 - June 8 Kenzie Wright

June 9 - June 15 Eryk Anders

June 16 - June 22 Daniel Haugh

June 23 - June 29 Daniel Haugh

June 30 - July 7 Emma Talley

July 7 - July 13 Blake Sims

July 14 - July 20 Brett Auerbach

July 21 - July 27 Haylie McCleney