Kim Collins to retire after World Champs
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (CMC):
Kim Collins said he will retire from track and field following this year's IAAF World Championships in London.
The evergreen former World sprint champion said he was proud of his longevity in the sport, but the time was now right to bring his career to an end.
"I think London will be my last," said the 41-year-old Collins. "My oldest son is now 19. The kids are growing. But it's been great for the younger generation as it shows that if you take care of your body, you can have a long-lasting career.
"I'm making sure my body is healthy, I'm eating right and getting a lot stronger in the gym which many years ago I didn't do. My body is getting a lot stronger and more flexible which helps me perform to the best of my ability and not get injured."
Collins added: "My first appearance was in 1995 when I was on the relay. In 1997 when I came back, I had a small injury. I ended up running 21 seconds for the 100 metres. It's the slowest 100m ever run!
"I also have the slowest winning time ever run at a World Championships (10.07). And I'm the oldest man ever to medal in the 100 at the World Championships. Now I'm looking for another."
Collins, whose name adorns a thoroughfare in his home country St. Kitts & Nevis, has had a distinguished career. He has won five medals in 10 appearances at the World Championships including a gold medal in the 100 in 2003.
He said there was no better place to bow out of the sport than the British capital, where fans of the sport are knowledgeable and very appreciative of good performances.
"The crowd is deafening sometimes," he said. "Especially when they announce Usain Bolt, you hear the fans screaming and shouting. It's amazing.
"That's the thing about track and field. The fans come out to show their love and support. I personally appreciate that. When the fans come and show love and they're rooting for you, you want to make sure you do right by them."
The World Championships are scheduled from August 4 to 13.