Track & Field

Kim Collins

Kim Collins (born 5 April 1976) is a track and field sprinter from Saint Kitts and Nevis. In 2003, he became the World Champion in the 100 m. He represented his country at the Summer Olympics on four occasions, from 1996 to 2008, and was the country’s first athlete to ever reach an event final. He has also competed at eight consecutive editions of the World Championships, beginning in 1997 and up to 2011. After falling out with his country’s Olympic officials for an unsanctioned meeting with his wife at a London hotel, Collins was dropped from the Saint Kitts and Nevis team before the 100m heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games. [1]

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Collins was the bronze medallist over 200 m at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics and became the 100 m champion at the 2002 Commonwealth Games with a run of 9.98 seconds, breaking the 10-second barrier. He won a silver medal over 60 metres at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships, before going on to take his outdoor crown. He also won sprint medals at the 2005 World Championships, 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 2011 World Championships. He set a new personal and national record for the 100m on the 4th of July 2013 with a time of 9.97 in Lausanne at the diamond league. At age 37, the 9.97 equalled the masters M35 age division world record of Linford Christie, who was two years younger when he set the record. On 10 July 2013 he ran under ten seconds for the sixth time, clocking 9.99 in Budapest.[2] A year later, on July 20 2014 in London, Collins took the Masters record for his own, pending ratification, lowering the National record to 9.96.[3] This yet again extended his own record as the oldest man to run a sub 10 second 100m to 38 years, 3 months and 15 days.

On February 25, 2014, Collins ran the indoor 60 metres in 6.49,[4] establishing a new Masters M35 World Record[5] as well as improving on his own National Record.

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