Speaking to reporters after the 100m race at the 2011 IAAF World Athletic Championships in South Korea, and his Bronze Medal performance, the Kittitian “hero” said that there were early signs in the Heats that it was possible for him to do well.
Collins said that when he realized how the Rounds were going in the Heats, with some athletes not qualifying for whatever reason, he started to feel it was possible to win the race.
“When I saw how the rounds were going, I started to feel it was possible to win.
And then the false start with Bolt, it made it appear even more possible for me to win.
And you just gotta ride off of that you know, because one man’s mistake is another’s success, “stated Kim.
He continued, “You know, to come back after so long, and do it again, to me is unbelievable. It is amazing.”
“And now am hoping to be in London and probably in the Finals for the Olympic Games…I mean you never know,“ stated Kim.
The 2003 World Champion and one time Commonwealth Games 100m Champion, said “Five Olympics and 9 World Championships, for me is an extremely long career, and I am very happy to be able to do it for so long.”
Nationals of St. Kitts & Nevis were glued to their television sets on Sunday, 28th August, 2011, to witness their local hero capture the third spot in the Finals of the 100m of the games, behind American Walter Dix (Silver Medallist) and Jamaican Yohan Blake (Gold Medallist).
The 21-year old Jamaican who trains with Usain Bolt profited from a catastrophic error of judgment by his senior partner, who, extraordinarily, false-started and was disqualified from the race.
A few seconds earlier, Bolt had japed to the crowd in his usual fashion with the camera on him, pointing to left and right and then shaking his head before pointing down his lane with both fingers and nodding. The crowd responded, looking forward to another performance along the lines they had witnessed in the semi-finals a little earlier when Bolt had qualified despite easing off with 30 metres to go.
But Bolt was to run no more than three or four strides down that lane in front of him, and he did so in the knowledge that he had make the biggest mistake of his athletics career in leaving his blocks early. It looked as if he might just have reacted to slight movement to his right – from Blake.
His face now carrying a grimace rather than a smile, the Olympic and former World champion ripped off his shirt and threw it to the ground before weaving aimlessly towards and beyond the start, a bundle of energy, talent and frustration.
He didn’t know what to do with himself. Meanwhile a swarm of photographers who had been expecting to take the victory shots at the other end were scurrying down the infield towards him.
Suddenly the man who loved to be the centre of attention just wanted the world to go away.
The noise in the stadium when Bolt blundered was extraordinary, mingling dismay and disbelief.
Bolt’s mother, was at the race, said she was deeply saddened but she is confident that he will pick up in the 200m. “I think he wanted a good start and I think along with his team mates, he wanted them to win, so I think that is the reason why he false started,” stated Usain’s mom.
When the field returned to the blocks, with one yawning gap, the sense of anti-climax was palpable.
For about 40 metres, it seemed an incredible night was about to get even more unbelievable as Kim Collins, the 35-year-old, who had earned himself the distinction of being the oldest ever World 100m finalist, floated off to a great start.
But Blake, as Bolt himself has said, is “a beast”, with a time of 9.80sec already to his name, and there was no denying him over the final 60 metres as he came through to win in a season’s best of 9.92.