The Greatest Guyanese Athlete Ever - A sprinter with world class greats.
Name: James Gilkes
DOB: September 15, 1952
Home: Georgetown, Guyana
Discipline: 100m & 200m
- 100m - 10.19
- 200m - 20.14
- 4x100m - 38.55
- 4x200m - 1:20.2
College: Fisk University (DIII) & University of Southern California.
National Record Holder 100m Dash
- Guyana National Record Holder 200m Dash
- 1976 Montreal Olympian
in the 100m Dash
- (Qualified but never got to compete due to the African boycott).
- Tried to
compete as an individual, but was denied by the IOC.
- Ranked as the one of the top 30 Sprinter of the past 100
- Number #10 All-time South American Ranking (10.19).
- Number #3 All-time South American
- Number #7 All-time 100m Sprinter in USC History (10.22 - 1975).
- Number #4 All-time
200m Sprinter in USC History (20.39 1975).
- Ranked Number #2 All-time in 100y dash in USC history (9.3 1975).
- Ranked Number #3 All-time in 200y dash in USC history (20.4 1975).
- Held the South American Ranked
Number One for 11 years 1978 - 1989
- Winner of the NCAA Division III first ever championship in 1974.
- 100y dash champion (9.4w).
- 200y dash champion (20.7).
- Still Holds the NCAA Division III
200m record 20.82c set in 1974.
- Holds the NCAA Division III Championship 100y/200y record holder (9.6sec/20.7sec)
set in 1974.
- 1974 NCAA Division One 200m Champions (19.90w Fisk University).
- First Collegiate
to go under 20 seconds in the NCAA Championship 200m with his wind aided time of 19.90w in 1974 for Fisk University.
- Ran a wind-aided time of 19.8y in 1974.
- World Ranking of #5 in the 200m in 1975 (20.39).
1975 Pam American Games Gold Medallist in 200m (20.43A).
- 1975 ranked 9th in the World 100m Rankings (10.34).
- Won the Historical Berlin ISTAF Grand Prix 200m Finals three of four year from 1976 1979.
Medallist at the historical first meet of the Nice Grand Prix (10.33 - 1976).
- 1976 ranked Number 6th in the
World (200m 20.51).
- 1976 ranked 9th in the World 100m Rankings.
- 1977 ranked Number 13th in
the World (200m)
- Achieved his highest World Ranking of # 3 in the 200m World Ranking of 3rd in 1978 (20.14).
Setting the National Record.
- 1978 set the National Record in the 100m Dash (10.19).
- 1978 Ranked
14th in the World 100m Rankings.
- Anchored the Tobias Striders historical 4x100m relay with Guy Abrahams (PAM),
Mike Simmons (USA) and Don Quarrie that ran the fast time in 1978 of 38.55 in Tempe, Arizona.
- Their record
stood for 16 years.
- Anchored the same team also set the meet and track record in 4x200m record of 1:20.2 (that
still stands at the ASU).
- Won a silver medal in the 1978 Commonwealth Games 200m (20.18w).
AAA (England) 200m Silver Medallist (20.81).
- 1978 Nice Grand Prix 200m 100m & 200m Champion (10.44 - 20.26).
- Attained a 200m World Ranking of Number 9 in 1979 (20.33).
- 1979 Weltklasse 200m Champion (20.33).
Time Line Event - Time:
- 1974 - 200m - 19.90w Collegiate Best NCAA DI Champion
- 1974 - 200m - 20.82c
(legal) NCAA DIII Champion
- 1974 - 100y - 9.4w NCAA DIII Champion
- 1974 - 100y - 9.6 (legal) NCAA DIII
- 1975 - 200m - 20.39
- 1975 - 100m - 10.22
- 1976 - 200m - 20.51
- 1976 - 100m - 10.32
- 1977 - 200m - 20.60
- 1978 - 200m - 20.14 National Record
1978 - 100m - 10.19 National Record
- 1979 - 200m - 20.33
- 1979 - 100m - 10.23
- 1980 - 200m
- 1980 - 100m - 10.98
- 1981 - 200m - 20.98
- 1982 - 200m - 21.06
- 1982 -
100m - 10.77
- 1983 - 200m - 21.58
- 1983 - 100m - 10.92