Kim Collins Sprinter From St. Kitts – Nevis
June 06, 2009
With just over a month left before the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, top athletes fine-tuned their performances over the weekend at the annual Znamensky Memorial outdoor competition.
Pretty tough weather conditions ““ that’s probably what this year’s event will be remembered for.
Kim Collins, the 2003 men’s 100m world champion, was the first of the runners to take on both his competitors and the rain.
Going into the start, he was under some pressure after falling out of the competition four days ago at the Moscow Open tournament following two false starts.
“I was very much considering what happened a few days ago, so I was very skeptical and had to be very careful at the start of this,” Collins explained.
Kim won the heat as confidently as possible and the resulting time of 10.27 “remember the rain ““ proves he’s on the way to his best, given the deadline of August 15, when the athletic competition of the year will begin”.
“The plan for the near future is to win as much as I can, get back in the best shape that I can, and do well at the world championships this year,” Collins says.
Collins came ahead of Matic Osovnikar of Slovenia (10.54) and Aleksandr Volkov of Russia (10.63).
Collins has been having another splendid track season and despite being considered a veteran in international track circles he is still one of the elite sprinters in the world along with Usain Bolt, and Asafa Powell. Collins is expected to lead a very formidable St.Kitts-Nevis team which includes the recent CAC Gold medal winning womens 4 x 100m team