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Caribbean sprint veteran still a force

FLYING THE FLAG: Kim Collins

VETERAN SPRINTER Kim Collins was delighted to take the 60m final at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday (Feb 21). The St. Kitts and Nevis runner clocked a time of 6.50 seconds to stave off the challenge of Great Britain's Chijindu Ujah.

Collins said: "I am happy but I wanted it to be even faster. The two false starts made it a lot more difficult – you sit in your blocks longer than you normally would. The reaction times were terrible. I’m pleased to remain undefeated this year.

In 2003, Collins became the 100m world champion. He has represented his country at the Summer Olympics on four occasions, from 1996 to 2008, and was the country's first athlete to ever reach an event final. He has also competed at eight consecutive editions of the World Championships, beginning in 1997 and up to 2011

The Caribbean runner added:"My wife is my coach, and she said, if you are going to do this, you leave no stone unturned and you really work hard to run these times.

Ujah, who recorded 6.55 seconds, said: "It was really good. It’s a shame after two false starts that we got held back a bit – I thought in the first one, I had a really good start. To reset and to come back and still run 6.5, I’m happy with that.

"I’m going to rest up now. I think with travelling in around 15 days to Prague, I’m going to rest up and then try and get some work back in my legs, so I can have a good run.

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