Kim Collins wins yet another major meet.
June 28th 2008
The St Kitts and Nevis sprint superstar Kim Collins delivered his fastest 100-metre run since 2005 when he captured the event at the Moscow Open in 10.10 seconds some two weeks ago in Moscow, Russia.
Collins has now followed up that spectacular and impressive victory with yet another stellar performance this time in France at the Metropole Gaz de France Athletic Meet.
Kim impressed during the men’s 100m race with a storming start and acceleration, to win with a 0.13sec margin over his closest competitor. Collins set his 3rd 10.10 time in a row, after meets in Moscow and Zukhovsky over the last two weekends.
“I’m disappointed by the time because I wish I had run under 10sec, but the weather made it difficult (wind was -0.3). I am probably in the best shape of my career, and I was happy to run in France,” said the winner of Paris 2003 World Championships, whose next race will be in Madrid.
Collins, a former World Championship gold medallist, dismissed American Michael Rodgers for his victory in Moscow as well as France’s Martial Mbanjock in France as he continues to build up for the Beijing Olympics this summer.
Showing signs of recapturing his best form in recent years, Collins won silver in the 60 metres at the World Indoor Championship in Valencia in March and he won at bothe the Moscow and France meets with authority over the likes of Rodgers and Mbanjock.
Beijing appears to represent the last chance for Collins to win an Olympic medal.
At the Sydney Games in 2000, Collins became the first ever Olympic finalist from his country and after winning gold at the 2003 World Championship in Paris, he reached the Olympic final again in Athens in 2004 and placed sixth.
Kim has appeared in every Olympic finals since 2000 and has made it to at least the Quarter ““finals at every Olympic games he has ever participated. Kim has also medalled in every World Champiosnhip since 2001 and is regarded as one of the most successful sprinters in history from the Caribbean.