DUSSELDORF, Germany (CMC):
Kim Collins defied Father Time to shatter his 60-metre lifetime best at an indoor track meet here yesterday. The 34-year-old Collins clocked a St Kitts and Nevis national record and world-leading 6.52 seconds to win the final of the men's flat sprint, and clip one hundredths-of-a-second off his personal best set 11 years ago in the American city of Fayetteville in the state of Arkansas.
After recent appearances in Moscow and Livin, Collins appeared to be in good form, but this performance totally unexpected even for the runner.
"I did not expect this time, but I had trained well in the past week," said the former world 100m (outdoor) champion, whose time was also a meet record.
Collins, a two-time, 60m silver medallist at the World Indoor Championships, prevailed over American Mike Rodgers (6.53 secs) and Trinidad and Tobago's Marc Burns (6.57).
He is also expected to contest another indoor meet today in the German city of Karlsruhe, where his challengers will include the Commonwealth Games 100m (outdoor) champion, Lerone Clarke of Jamaica.
In another event with Caribbean interest, Vonette Dixon of Jamaica had to settle for third in the women's 60m hurdles, clocking 7.96.
American Kellie Wells improved on her world-leading time this season, clocking 7.84 in the heats.
She failed to lower it in the final, but was a convincing winner, running 7.89 to beat fellow American Danielle Carruthers.