Kim Collins from Saint Kitts & Nevis is probably relatively unknown to the Swedish audience but has had an remarkable sprinting career. At the age of 21 he participated in his first international championships, the World Championships in Athen, but didn’t manage to reach the finals. He became a Olympic finalist in 2000, but the big break through came at the World Championships in Edmonton, 2001 when he won the bronze medal in the 200 metres – the first medal ever for Saint Kitts & Nevis.
Kim then went on to win the silver medal in the 60 metres at the World Indoor Championships 2003 and later that year he won an unexpected gold medal in the 100 metres at the World Championships in Paris with the time 10,07 seconds! He has been in the finals or top three at all the international championships from 2004 to 2011 except in 2008. At the World Championships in Daegu 2011, he succeeded in winning the bronze medal in the 100 metres at the age of 35!
At the Olympic Games in London 2012, Kim would have become historical by participating in 5 different Olympic Games, but faith wanted different. He deviated from the Olympic village to go and see his wife, who is also his trainer, and spent a night with her. This was to much for the management of the Saint Kitts & Nevis Olympic team (consisting of 6 athletes), and forbid Kim to start in the 100 metres and sent him home! Kim said “I wanted to get away to focus as this was my last chance to win a Olympic medal. I should have been aloud to compete. I’m an adult man who is soon to become a grandfather!”
But Kim didn’t give up! He came back 2013 and set a new personal record in the 100 metres with 9.97 seconds. For the first time he ran under 10 seconds at the age of 37! 2014 he continued running faster than ever, now in the 60 metres 6.49 seconds and in the 100 metres 9.96 seconds! This year he has already set a new personal record in the 60 metres – 6.48 seconds! Kim Collins is now coming to Malmö for the first time to run the 60 metres at Malmö Games in Malmö Arena, February 25. Double world record holder for men 35+ in 60 metres and the 100 metres and as the fastest man in world right now!