At the age of 35 this Kittitian athlete is continuing to excite the world and make his Caribbean country of St. Kitts & Nevis, a proud and respected nation…small but powerful in athletics.
Once again Kim took to the international stage, this time on Sunday 28th August, 2011 to take on the best on the planet, in the 100m of the 2011 World Athletics Championships, which is now taking place in South Korea.
Though the cameras and commentators seemed to have been ignoring him, as they went through the line-up of participants and made their predictions; the “quiet storm” remained calmed and focused, as he took his usual small jumps in the air, awaiting the signal of the starter.
It was a field packed with “the best of the best” including the sensational Usain Bolt of Jamaica. However, anxiety got the better of Bolt as he was disqualified from the Finals, after a false start that carried an automatic elimination.
The stadium erupted in disbelief but not Bolt, who immediately removed his top, in disgust with himself, recognizing that he had indeed jumped ahead before the starter gun was fired.
Bolt, who celebrated his 25th birthday on 21 August, immediately returned to the warm-up track, and offered the following short comment:
“I have nothing to say right now. I need some time.”
About the defence of his 200m title which begins on Friday (2 Sep).
“How will I go? It’s on Friday right? Then we’ll have to see on Friday”
Following that brief statement Bolt left for the Athletes’ Village by car.
IAAF reaction to disqualification
While the IAAF is, of course, disappointed that Usain Bolt false-started in the final of the 100m, it is important to remember that a sport’s credibility depends on its rules, and they must also be applied consistently and fairly for ALL athletes.
Once the stadium was settled and the remaining cast was back at the starter line, it was time to get the show back on the road.
From the sound of the starter gun it was Kim Collins who was out of the blocks in a flash taking the lead, almost to the finish line, but somehow he lost his advantage with what seemed to have been only 30-40m or so to go. He must have been disappointed, realizing that he was ahead but just could not hold on to what would have been a remarkable achievement.
This would have been a victory spoken about for many years had he maintained the lead. It was an event he won back in 2003, some 8 years ago. Now he has returned, running against athletes more than a decade his junior in age, but still proving that he is a world force to be reckoned with.
In the end Kim placed third, winning the Bronze Medal in a time of 10.09 seconds, behind Walter Dix of the USA with the Silver Medal in 10.08 and Yohan Blake of Jamaica with the Gold Medal in 9.92 seconds.
The rest of the field saw Christophe Lemaitre of France 10.19; Daniel Bailey of Antigua 10.26; Jimmy Vicaut also of France with 10.27; Nesta Carter of Jamaica 10.95; and Usain Bolt- Disqualified.
It was only 3 days ago on 25th August, that (some) Kittitians celebrated on what is called Kim Collins Day, as declared by the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis, a few years ago. However, according some fans who spoke to MiyVue.com, it is becoming a day that is fading away because no attention is paid to the special commemoration and hardly any activities are organized. For many, it was felt that officials are allowing the day and its significance to disappear.
However, just as Kim proved on Sunday, his name and his legacy will for a long time, remain the most celebrated asset this country has ever had.
Congratulations Kim Collins…Well done…you have made St. Kitts and Nevis proud, AGAIN!!