Santos Sprints to a Silver at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

Talk about Electric Youth Luguelín Santos has raced his way to the medal podium at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Luguelín Santos

The 18-year-old Dominican sprinter claimed the silver medal on Monday in the men’s 400 meter race, giving his country its second medal of the day after Félix Sánchez won a gold at the track earlier in the day.

Santos finished half a second behind another teenager competing in his first Olympics, 19-year-old Kirani James of Grenada. James coasted to victory in a time of 43.94 seconds.

Luguelín Santos

Santos—who won a gold medal in the 400 meter at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and was the third fastest man this year in the 400 meter field-—was billed as James’s main rival in the final, but just couldn’t muster enough power to pull ahead.