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Kirani James, Grenadian Olympian, May Give His Name To Plane

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Grenada's Kirani James wears his national flag after winning the men's 400-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Grenada's Kirani James wears his national flag after winning the men's 400-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...Kirani James?

The prime minister of Antigua says he wants Caribbean airline LIAT to name one of its planes after an Olympic runner who gave the island of Grenada its first gold medal.

Baldwin Spencer says naming an aircraft after James would be a fitting tribute. The 19-year-old won the 400 meters final Monday in London. James also was applauded for his sportsmanship after he traded name tags with South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee.

Spencer made the suggestion while speaking Friday at an assembly of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

Antigua is a major shareholder of LIAT along with other Caribbean islands.

LIAT released a statement earlier Friday saying it plans to honor James but did not provide details.

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