Kim Collins

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Kim Collins
Kim Collins Berlin 2009.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Saint Kitts and Nevis
Born (1976-04-05) 5 April 1976 (age 38)
Height 5’9" (1.77 m)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Sport
Sport Running
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 60m: 6.49
100m: 9.97
200m: 20.20

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]

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 10 seconds for the 6th time, clocking 9.99 in Budapest. This extended his own record as the oldest man to run a sub 10 second 100m to 37 years, 3 months and 5 days.[2]

On February 25, 2014, Collins ran the indoor 60 metres in 6.49,[3] establishing a new Masters M35 World Record[4] as well as improving on his own National Record.

Biography[edit]

Collins competed in college for Texas Christian University.[5] He competed on behalf of his country in the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics.[6]

Collins made his debut at major championship at the 1996 Olympics, where he qualified for the second round in the 100 m. He improved quickly, and at the 2000 Summer Olympics, he became the first athlete from his nation to qualify for an Olympic final, finishing 7th in the 100 m. The next year, Collins would win St. Kitts' first World Championship medal, when he tied for the bronze medal in the 200 m.

At the 2002 Commonwealth Games, he won his first major title. After the 100 m race, which Collins won after two other favourites pulled out of the final with an injury, he tested positive for doping. However, it was found that the banned substance was part of the asthma medication Collins had been taking for several years, but had neglected to mention to the medical commission. Collins eventually was allowed to keep his title, and got away with a warning.

Collins was featured on a set of two stamps from St Kitts issued in 2002.[7]

The 100 m at the 2003 World Championships became the biggest triumph of his career. With Olympic and World Champion Maurice Greene eliminated in the semi finals, the field was wide open. In a very close race, where the top four athletes finished within 0.02 seconds, Collins won and became the first world champion from Saint Kitts and Nevis.


At the 2004 Olympics, Collins again made the final of the 100, finishing 6th. At the 2005 World Championships, Collins claimed a bronze medal in the 100 m behind Justin Gatlin and Michael Frater though he was given the same time as the latter.

Finishing fourth in his heat, Collins qualified for the finals in the men's 200 m race in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finished in sixth place on 20 August 2008. He competed at the 2009 World Championships and reached the quarter-finals of the competition, but he was eliminated after finishing in fourth place behind eventual finalists Asafa Powell, Darvis Patton and Marc Burns. He announced his retirement from international athletics in September that year, bringing an end to a career that spanned almost 17 years.[8]

Collins returned to athletics on 29 January 2011 at the Aviva International Match in Glasgow, reversing his retirement at the age of 34, and he finished fourth in the 200 metres. He then won at the Russian Winter Meeting in Moscow.[9] He set a 60 m personal best and national record of 6.52 seconds to win at the PSD Bank Meeting in Düsseldorf, overhauling his best mark which he had set nearly eleven years earlier.[10] That time did not stand for as long, however, as he ran 6.50 seconds in the heats of the BW-Bank Meeting a few days later.[11] Collins won both his heat and semi-final races in the 100m at the 2011 World Championships before finishing third and winning a bronze medal in the final after the disqualification of Usain Bolt.[12] At the men's 4x100m relay qualifying heats, Collins ran the second leg for the St Kitts and Nevis relay squad and helped clock a national record of 38.47, leading to St. Kitts and Nevis' first-ever final. The last event saw Collins team up with Jason Rogers, Antoine Adams and Brijesh Lawrence to clock 38.49 to win the bronze medal.[13]

At the XVI PanAmerican Games in Guadalajara 2011, Collins broke the 28-year-old PanAmerican Games record with a time of 10.00 in the early heat. He finished second in the finals to Jamaica's Lerone Clarke. His silver medal was the first-ever medal for St. Kitts and Nevis at the Pan-Am Games.[14][15]

Collins was expelled by his team from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England on 4 August 2012 for missing training sessions. He said he was being punished for spending time with his wife.[16]

Statistics[edit]

Kim Collins during World Indoor Championships 2008 in Valencia

Personal bests[edit]

Event Date Venue Time (seconds)
50 metres (indoor) 10 February 2009 Liévin, France 5.75
55 metres (indoor) 24 February 2001 Reno, Nevada, United States 6.24
60 metres (indoor) 25 February 2014 Prague, Czech Republic 6.49
100 metres 4 July 2013 Lausanne, Switzerland 9.97 (NR)
200 metres 9 August 2001 Edmonton, Canada 20.20
4x100 metres 4 September 2011 Daegu, Korea 38.47 (NR)
  • All information from IAAF Profile[17]

Misc.[edit]

25 August was declared Kim Collins Day by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis in honour of one of the track star’s most significant accomplishments, the gold at the World Championships in Paris, France in 2003.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kim Collins axed from 100m by St Kitts for meeting wife". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  2. ^ http://www.nevispages.com/kim-collins-runs-another-sub-10-secs-to-win-in-hungary/
  3. ^ http://www.watchathletics.com/video/major/1763/60m-men-prague-indoor-2014-kim-collins-takes-win-in-6-49-and-sets-new-nr/
  4. ^ http://www.world-masters-athletics.org/records/indoor-men
  5. ^ "Kim Collins Captures World Championship - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site". Gofrogs.cstv.com. 27 August 2003. 
  6. ^ "Kim Collins Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. 5 April 1976. 
  7. ^ Stanley Gibbons stamp numbers 718 & 719
  8. ^ Raynor, Kayon (2009-09-29).Collins, 2003 World 100m champion, retires. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  9. ^ Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-02-06). Isinbayeva makes 4.81m comeback in Moscow. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-14.
  10. ^ Collins turns back the clock with stunning 60m. Jamaica Gleaner (2011-02-13). Retrieved on 2011-02-14.
  11. ^ Gordon, Ed (2011-02-14). Three world leads in Karlsruhe. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-14.
  12. ^ "Bolt disqualified as Blake wins". BBC News. 
  13. ^ "iaaf.org - International Association of Athletics Federations". Daegu2011.iaaf.org. 4 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kim Collins sets New Pan Am 100m Record". Miyvue.com. 25 October 2011. 
  15. ^ IAAF.org (26 October 2011). "Suarez and Armstrong set new records, Clarke outsprints Collins - Pan American Games, Day 3". iaaf.org. 
  16. ^ Dunbar, Graham. "OLYMPIC SPRINTER SENT HOME FOR MISSING PRACTICE". Associated Press. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Collins, Kim biography". IAAF.org. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  18. ^ "Kim Collins Day Celebrated on August 25". The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer. 20 August 2010. 

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Diane Francis
Virgil Hodge
Flagbearer for  Saint Kitts and Nevis
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
London 2012
Succeeded by
Virgil Hodge
Incumbent