The Executive of the St. Kitts & Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA) has taken the opportunity on behalf of its member clubs, athletes, partners and stakeholders in the sport of Athletics, to congratulate Mr. Kim Collins, National Athlete and Athletes Representative to the Executive, for his recent third place performance at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu South Korea.
Kim Collins continues to represent his nation at the highest level in Athletics with distinction, said a release from the SKNAAA.
“Kim’s achievements are numerous and include competing for Texas Christian University and on behalf of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. His performance at the World Championships began in 1995 at Helsinki, Finland as a member of the 4x100m relay team with Kurvin Wallace, Eric Haynes and Ricardo Liddie. Kim has been participating in the Summer Olympics since 1996 and at the 2000 Games in Sydney Australia; he became the first national athlete to qualify for an Olympic final in the 100m. The next year (2001), he won the country’s first World Championships medal in Edmonton, Canada, when he tied for the third place in the 200m. He was also a finalist in the 100m event “said the Vice President of the SKNAAA, Mr. Lester Hanley.
“At the 2002 Commonwealth Games held in Manchester England, he captured his first major title in the 100m. The biggest triumph of his career came in the 2003 World Championships100m when he became our first 100m World Champion. At the 2005 World Championships, Kim claimed a bronze medal in the 100m, was a semi-finalist is Osaka in 2007 and a finalist in the 200m in the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” stated Hanley.
Following his participation in the 2009 World Championships, he announced his retirement from international athletics, bringing an end to a career that spanned almost 17 years. However, realizing that his body was still in good condition, Kim returned to the sport on 29 January 2011 at the Aviva International Match in Glasgow and finished fourth in the 200m.
A week later he was victorious at the Russian Winter Meeting in Moscow. The winning streak continued when he set a new national record of 6.52 seconds to win the 60m at the PSD Bank Meeting in Düsseldorf, overhauling his best mark which he had set nearly eleven years earlier. A few days later, he improved upon that time and ran 6.50 seconds in the heats of the BW-Bank Meeting.
His appearance this year at the World Championships marks his 9th appearance at the World Championships from 1995 to 2011. He has won a total of four (4) medals and has solidified his place in World and National history as an elite athlete. His next individual event will be the 200m heats on September 2nd 2011 and we are quite confident that he will once again do his very best. Kim is also expected to compete in the 4x100m event with teammates Brijesh Lawrence, Antoine Adams, Jason Rogers and Delwayne Delaney.
“Kim Collins has demonstrated hard work, commitment, consistency and dedication to the sport of athletics on a universal level,” stated the Vice President.
The SKNAAA in congratulating Kim also wished him continued success in his endeavors and saluted him for his national service.