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James Gilkes

Olympic athlete from Guyana

James Gilkes (born 21 September 1952) is a former sprinter from Guyana who specialised in the 200 metres. He was 1975 Pan American 200 metre champion, and in 1979 he took the silver medal in the same event. He was runner up to Don Quarrie of Jamaica in the 1978 AAA's 200 metres event. At the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton he finished fourth in the 100 metre final, then took the silver medal in the 200 metres, finishing behind Allan Wells of Scotland. In 1979 he took 3rd place in the "Golden sprints" in Zurich. He also went to the 1980 Olympic Games where he reached the semi-finals of both the 100 and 200 metres before he was eliminated. His personal best time for the 200 metres was 20.14 seconds, achieved in September 1978 in Ingelheim.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1952-09-21
Nationality
Guyana

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