Kim Collins continues to defy the odds and the critics when today he ran a wind-aided 9.96 secs just behind American Micheal Rodgers at the Meeting Stanislas – Nancy in France.
This is the fastest time Collins’ has clocked at an International meet since his Commonwealth Games 9.98 seconds Gold Medal performance 10 years ago in Manchester, England.
Collins will be participating in his 5th Olympics in a few weeks. Unlike the World Championships where he has had significant success the 36 year old has not had similar success at the Summer Games. He reached the finals of the Olympic 100m in 2000 and 2004 but failed to medal on both occasions. This, unlike his World Championships success, where he has 5 medals including 100m Gold in 2003 and Bronze in 2001, 2005 ,2011 as well as Relay Bronze in 2011 as well. He also has 2 World Indoor Championship silver medals.
This sub 10 performance by Collins certainly increases his hopes significantly of getting his first Olympic medal. In an article published by a British news outlet a few weeks ago Collins himself said that the Olympic finals this year might very well see all 8 finalists running under 10 seconds.
Kim’s next major stop is at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in London, which takes place on July 13 and 14 where will join other elite sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell in a highly anticipated preview of the upcoming Olympic Summer Games.