By Times Caribbean Staff Writer
The evergreen Kim Collins continues to defy the odds some 10 years after sprinting into the hearts and minds of people all over the world when he won the World 100m Championship in 2003.
At 37 Kim Collins on Thursday July 4th ran the fastest time of his entire career with a blistering 9.97 secs in Lausaune, Switzerland .
The time not only broke his own St.Kitts-Nevis National record but it also equaled the World Masters Record for sprinters 35 years old and over. Kim matched a 18 year old mark that was set by British Sprint Legend Linford Christie who ran 9.97 secs at the age of 35 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Collins announced to the World in a post race interview that at 37 he is training smarter and more efficient thanks to his wife and Coach Paula Surgeon-Collins.
The Caribbean sprint icon also commented on whether he will be representing his home country at this years World Championships. Collins suggested that he is willing and able to represent his country however the decision is not up to him. The final decision is up to the Athletics Federation he suggested.
The popular sprinter from St Kitts and Nevis made his international debut in 1995 when competing for his country’s 4x100m Relay team at the IAAF World Championships. He has had a Hall of Fame athletics career thus far with 5 World Championship medals and 2 World Indoor Championship medals.
He is also a former Commonwealth, NCAA, PAN AM Games, CAC Champion. He was crowned the World 100m champion in Paris in 2003 and now 10 years after that he is the World Masters Record Holder over 100m
Collins has had great 2013 season thus far with top 3 finishes in various Diamond League meets in England, Qatar, Germany and Switzerland.
Kim Collins next stop for now is Budapest, Hungary for a meet there.
It is still unclear whether his country’s athletic federation will put past differences aside and allow the fastest man ever and today from St.Kitts-Nevis to run in his 9th World Championships this summer.