Youngster James stuns the world with 400m victory

GRENADA’S 18-year-old Kirani James became the third youngest world champion of all-time after he stunned defending champion LaShawn Merritt to win the men’s 400m.

The American, who has only just returned from a 21-month doping ban, looked set to defend his title having opened up a sizeable gap heading into the home straight.

But James, with only a handful of senior race experience under his belt, produced a stunning finish to pip Merritt on the line and record a personal best of 44.60.

“I don’t think this will change me one bit but it just shows I’m on the right track. I’m comfortable in my own skin and I don’t need to be called the Usain Bolt of the 400 metres,” he said.