Kim Collins


Born: Houston, Texas, USA


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 six occasions, from 1996 to 2016, 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. He competed again in 2015 in Beijing. 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. 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 4 July 2013 with a time of 9.97 in Lausanne at the diamond league. At age 37, the time 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. A year later, on 20 July 2014 in London, Collins took the Masters record for his own, pending ratification, lowering the National record to 9.96. While the 9.96 will remain as the M35 World Record, at age 40 years, 54 days, in a new age category, Collins improved his national record to 9.93 +1.9 at the NRW Gala in Bottrop, Germany. He is the first man over age 40 to break the 10 second barrier. This yet again extended his own record as the oldest man to run a sub 10 second 100m, which continues with each sub-10 performance. On 17 February 2015, Collins ran the indoor 60 metres in 6.47, improving upon his own Masters M35 World Record as well as improving on his own National Record. Collins competed in the 4x100m at the London anniversary games on 23 July 2016.

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