Collins to join backmarkers for Stawell Gift
By Michael Gleeson
March 18, 2011
FORMER world champion Kim Collins, who has run the 100 metres in less than 10 seconds four times, will race in this year's Stawell Gift.
When he hits the grass of western Victoria at Easter Collins will be 35, having dabbled once with retirement in 2009. He made his comeback to the track this year and has run the second-fastest time over 60 metres in 2011. The gift is over 120 metres.
Collins, from the tiny Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis, won the world 100 metres championship in Paris in 2003, becoming the first West Indian to do so. He has since been followed by Jamaican Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world and the dominant figure in world sprinting.
Collins is not running at that sort of speed, but is undoubtedly still a powerful runner who will add depth to the field at Stawell. A four-time Olympian, he has competed in the 100 metres and 200 metres.
"I have been to Australia previously for the Sydney Olympics and it will definitely be a new and exciting experience for me, competing on grass and having to chase everyone down from the back of the field, but I can't wait for the challenge," he said.
Stawell has previously attracted international sprinters including Jon Drummond, Obadele Thompson and Linford Christie. The heats for the 130th gift will be held on April 23, with the semi-finals and final on April 26.