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SPOTLIGHT CORNER

James Gilkes

The Greatest Guyanese Athlete Ever - A sprinter with world class greats.

Name: James Gilkes
DOB: September 15, 1952
Home: Georgetown, Guyana
Discipline: 100m & 200m

Personal Best:
- 100m - 10.19
- 200m - 20.14
- 4x100m - 38.55
- 4x200m - 1:20.2

College: Fisk University (DIII) & University of Southern California.

Honors:
- Guyana 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 years

- Number #10 All-time South American Ranking (10.19).

- Number #3 All-time South American Ranking (20.14).

- 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.

- Silver 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).

- 1978 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 Championship Semi-finals

- 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 - 20.49

- 1980 - 100m - 10.98

- 1981 - 200m - 20.98

- 1982 - 200m - 21.06

- 1982 - 100m - 10.77

- 1983 - 200m - 21.58

- 1983 - 100m - 10.92