08/30/2011 09:42 EDT | Updated 10/30/2011 05:12 EDT

James wins men's 400 at world championships, beating favoured Merritt

DAEGU, South Korea - Kirani James of Grenada fought from behind to beat favourite LaShawn Merritt of the United States at the line to win the 400 metres Tuesday at the world championships.

Merritt looked like he would take gold, but James never gave up and dipped at the line to finish in a personal best 44.60 seconds.

It was Grenada's first world championship medal.

Merritt finished in 44.63 for silver and Kevin Borlee of Belgium took bronze in 44.90.