Wednesday, February 09, 2005

St Kitts and Nevis' sprint star Kim Collins to run in Birmingham

Here's an article I found about Kim Collins from St Kitts and Nevis.


BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 7TH 2005 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ sprint king, Kim Collins, is to compete in the 60m dash at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham, England on 18th February.

BBC Sports said Monday that the Kittitian star joins British Olympic relay gold medallists Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis-Francis.

Sydney Olympic 100m champion and world indoor record holder Maurice Greene and Athens Olympic 100m silver medallist Francis Obikwelu will also take part.

Collins, the World and Commonwealth 100m champion and who ran in Birmingham at the 2003 World Indoor Championships said he was “looking forward to competing against such a strong field.”

“I got a great reception from the crowd at the NIA when I won my 60m world indoor silver medal in 2003 and it will be really exciting to return to this venue,” BBC Sports quotes Collins as saying.

The world champion says he's in good shape but he isn't underestimating the home competition.

“Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis-Francis are Olympic gold medallists now and I'm sure they'll be aiming to win in front of their home supporters. I'm looking forward to competing against Britain's best sprinters and I'm sure the 60 metres will be one of the most exciting races of the evening,” said Collins, who was sixth in the Olympic final in Athens, Greece, but is hoping for a better result at the World Championships in Finland this summer.

“This will be a big year for me and I plan to defend my 100m world title in Helsinki in August. Before then I want to perform well over 60m indoors and start my year in winning form.”

Amicia Mussenden

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