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Kim Collins bids farewell to track at age 41

Former world champion and the first athlete over 40 to break the mythical sub-10sec barrier over 100m, Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, has called time on his lengthy and successful athletic career, saying there will be no coming back. Photo: Athletics Weekly
Coaching is one of the things on the mind of the now retired sprinter Kim Collins, centre. Photo: Getty Images/File
Coaching is one of the things on the mind of the now retired sprinter Kim Collins, centre. Photo: Getty Images/File
BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain, UK- The first athlete over 40 to break the mythical sub-10sec barrier over 100m, Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, has called time on his lengthy and successful athletic career, saying there will be no coming back.

“This is it. I can't do it anymore. The body isn't able to do what it is supposed to do. But I am going out in peace — no low notes, no high notes. There will be no comebacks,” Collins told reporters after competing in the 60m heats at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain on March 3, 2018.

Birmingham fans, as every athletics crowd has done for 15 years, roared the 2003 world champ to the rafters as he qualified for Saturday’s semi-finals.

Sadly, though, there was to be no farewell bow to his fans later as he withdrew just before the semis, reportedly with an injury.

According to Reuters, it was an anti-climactic end to an emotional day for the wispy figure who has been beating muscle-bound sprint heavyweights with his light touch for more than two decades.

Collins, who did jobs as a painter, labourer, bricklayer, disc jockey and security officer to pay his way while building his garlanded athletics career, even found himself being asked for advice by an awe-struck youngster 25 years his junior who was racing him in the adjacent lane.

Respect the sport

By some happy chance, a 16-year-old Maltese schoolboy Jacob El Aida, the youngest competitor at the entire championships, got drawn next to the oldest, Collins, and the teenager was not going to miss the chance to learn from the only sprinter to grace five Olympics.

“The most important thing is that you have to respect the sport,” Collins told the teenager who said he had grown up watching videos of the ageless one on YouTube.

“Most people don’t respect the sport and that’s why you see so many sprinters come and go. A lot win one medal and their career is over because they don’t know how to last and be good to the sport.”

Collins was always good to his sport, with never an inkling of suspicion surrounding him in a sprint world riddled by cynicism and doubt. So what next for the man who has devoted himself so assiduously to athletics?

“Well, first, I want to go home and roll around in the sun for like a week after being in so much cold,” he said of his stay in snowy Birmingham.

“But there’s a lot of things I’m working on. One would be coaching. I will start with that because that’s my love,” he added, reckoning that there might be a young athlete on his dual-island nation who would continue to fly the flag for Saint Kitts & Nevis.

8 Responses to “Kim Collins bids farewell to track at age 41”

  • Thanks (04/03/2018, 11:27) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    for your contributions and may you enjoy your retirement.Good luck in your future endeavours. You are a good man I can testify to that.May God continue to bless you over and over again.
  • Bingo (04/03/2018, 11:33) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    yo over de hill now bwoy
  • sugar city (04/03/2018, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Give us 4 more years man
  • SK (04/03/2018, 12:03) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Very talented. Did very well. Could have done better if wasn't so selfish.. It was always about Kim Collins..Even if he had to through his nation under the Buss...
  • Diplomat (04/03/2018, 16:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Kim, you had a strong run representing SKN and the region; you put SKN on the map in regards to track and field; Willet, Parry and Artherton, cricket. Good luck in your new endeavors.
  • de silent one (06/03/2018, 01:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You have done the Caribbean and particular the Federation of St Kitts/Nevis well in track and field. Wish you all the best in your endevour going forward. Hope that it will be in the same sport in helping to mold the younger ones to be successful and discipline.
  • You are the BOSS (08/03/2018, 12:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good Luck to you Kim. I wish you a heap of success, with whatever and wherever you may go. Good Bless.
  • Shazee (11/05/2018, 04:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very proud of what you have achieved as an individual. You have represented this sport with the utmost professionalism and placed our beautiful island of St Kitts/Nevis firmly in the sporting arena. I hope one day that I will represent our island as a Vet/Masters Sprinter.............so watch this space.

    Job well done Kim! Good luck in your future endeavours.

    PS, Great to see you were in Worcester with some of my team associates.


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