Kim Collins Training Hard
St Kitts and Nevis sprint icon Kim Collins registered his first international win of the season at the IX European Athletics Festival.
Windy conditions messed up the sprinters’ times as Collins stopped the clock at 10.48 seconds in minus 2.8 metres-per-second wind.
Collins along with Laverne Jones of the US Virgin Islands were the only Caribbean winners at the meet.
Collins, who was the 2003 World Championship 100-metre gold medallist in France a year after he had won gold at the Commonwealth Games in England, defeated Ireland’s Paul Hession (10.55) in the 100 metres.
Italy’s Roberto Donati was third in 10.63 seconds. Collins also contested the 200 metres and clocked a personal season’s best 21.00 as Hession won in 20.73 ahead of Zimbabwe’s Brian Dzingai (20.83).
Jones-Ferrette went closer – than Collins did – in her attempt at the sprint double.
After defeating Cayman’s Cydonie Mothersill (11.72) in the 100 metres, she placed second in the half-lap sprint in 23.08, chasing the American winner Stephanie Durst (22.85). Mothersill was third in 23.36.
Collins still maintains his stature as one of the elite sprinters in the world and is considered one the the veteran sprinters on the International circuit. The 32 year old Kittitian sprint legend is one of the most decorated Caribbean sprinters in history and has been ranked among the top 10 sprinters in the world for the last 6 seasons.
Collins is expected to make his next appearance on his home turf in St.Kitts-Nevis where he will be participating in a local invitational meet.