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Strong finish from Bolt Denies Kim Collins

slow start by Bolt was capitalized by Collins who dashed out the blocks taking the early lead.

Collins was first out after the sound of the starting gun, leading the race for about the first 80 meters, while Bolt struggled with his poor start, but once he found his stride, Bolt stormed to the finishing line, passing Collins during the last 20 meters of the race and wining by at least two meters.

Bolt put his disappointment of the 100 meters in Daegu behind and clocked a season’s best time and claimed he could have done better.

This strong start by Collins was similar to his performance at the World Games, when there he led the pack until eventual winner Yohan Blake passed him to secure the gold medal.

It was therefore somewhat gratifying to see Collins again taking an early lead in his race on Tuesday, this time against Bolt who in the early metres seemed like he was going to receive a beating from the veteran 35 year old Kim Collins, who appears to be a force still to be reckoned with, though in the twilight of his career.

The official race results saw:

  • Gold – Usain Bolt Gold, , Jamaica, 9.85.
  • Silver – Kim Collins, Saint Kitts, 10.01.
  • Bronze – Richard Thompson, Trinidad, 10.03.

The other finishers were Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, Norway, 10.13.  Mario Forsythe, Jamaica, 10.16.  Justin Gatlin United States 10.17, Ivory Williams United States, 10.37.

Collins’ time of 10.01 was similar to his winning time on Sunday in Berlin. It is also Collins’ best time for 2011.


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