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Fitter, Stronger Collins defies time

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 1:00 AMLeighton Levy

Being fitter, stronger and having his wife as coach have been key factors to why Kim Collins continues to defy time and run faster even as he gets older.

Collins, who turns 40 in April, opened his season at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet at G.C. Foster College on Saturday, winning the 60-metre dash in 6.53 seconds.

Iran's Reza Ghasemi's 6.52s leads the world so far this season and Collins' time was run outdoors, so it won't be ratified, but one gets the feeling it won't be long before the 39-year-old Kittitian grabs pole position once again like he did in 2015.

Last season, Collins ran nine races unbeaten over 60m indoors and had the top-four fastest times in the world.

The closest sprinter to his world-leading 6.47 was 26-year-old Ryan Bailey of the USA, who ran 6.50s in Seattle on February 14. Ironically, on that same day Collins ran that same time in Berlin, tying the American for the fifth fastest time of the year.

Collin's speed has not been confined to the indoor circuit as, in 2014, he ran the 100 metres in a personal best 9.96 seconds, almost one-tenth of a second faster than the 10.07s he ran to win the men's 100m final at the World Championships in Paris in 2003.

The Jamaican-based athlete explained that it is his approach to training that has allowed him to defy the odds and defy time.

"Most athletes go in the opposite direction," he revealed. "They come and they train hard, extremely hard every day and this goes on for months. In the end, their bodies will begin to break down. I come from the opposite direction. Whatever it is you're trying to do, you must get fit first. So before I go to sprint, my body must be fit."

WEIGHT TRAINING

He also revealed that he is a lot stronger now than when he was world champion 13 years ago, having adopted weight training later on in his career, something he never did when he was younger.

"I am way, way stronger now because back then I wasn't doing weights, I wasn't taking vitamins, nothing like that," he said. "If I was doing what I am doing now back in 2003, I would have been a lot better. I would have been a lot faster and probably would have moved on a long time ago because I would have had such a great career."

He gives a lot of credit to his wife, Paula, who he said, helps him be honest about how his body feels.