Norfolk politician celebrates after his relative Kirani James wins Olympic 400m gold medal

A Norfolk politician last night said he was going to crack open some Grenadian rum in celebration after one of his relatives became the 2012 Olympic champion in the men's 400m final.

The second cousin of Labour's Norwich South prospective parliamentary candidate Clive Lewis, Grenada's Kirani James, added the Olympic title to his world championship gold medal last night when he ran the 400m course in an amazing 43.94 seconds.

He won Grenada's first ever Olympic gold medal with his impressive victory.

Last year's world championships in Daegu saw him win the 400m just two days before his 19th birthday – it was his first major international gold medal in only his fourth professional appearance.

Mr Lewis, who is related to James on his dad's side, said James was a credit to the island.

Straight after watching the race, he said: 'I am going to crack open some Grenadian rum!

'It is unbelievable. It is going to be absolute chaos in Grenada – there will be a national holiday.'

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He added: 'He absolutely destroyed everyone. It was phenomenal. I know they will be going mad in Grenada.

'I'm so proud of him.'

For more Olympic news see page eight of today's paper and our eight-page London Calling supplement

Are you related to an Olympian? Call Norwich Evening News reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email

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