Kim Collins, is a track and field athlete from the beautiful dual-islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. Collins made his debut at a major championship at the Summer Olympics in 1996. This was also the year that the St Kitts and Nevis team made their first appearance at the Summer games. Kim Collins has since competed in six Olympic Games. Collins was St Kitts and Nevis’ first athlete to ever reach an Olympic final. He finished 6th in the 100m final at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Collins has a number of achievements to his name. He has competed at eight consecutive World Championships. He became the 100m World Champion in 2003.
Kim Collins announced his retirement from international athletics in 2009, aged 33. However he returned to the sport just two years later and gained a bronze in the 100m at the World Championships that same year. He also broke the 28 year standing Pan-American games record with a time of 10.00s in the 100m heat. He eventually took home the silver medal, which was his country’s first ever medal at the Pan-American games. Kim Collins also set a new personal and national record for the 100m in the Diamond League in 2013. Kim Collins never let his age be a barrier. He was considered ‘too old’ for the sport but believed that as long as his body would allow him he would continue. He is the first man over 40 to ever break the 10s barrier in the 100m, running a time of 9.93s in 2015. This broke his previous record of 9.96s the year before. Collins was the oldest sprinter at the Rio 2016 Olympics in which he made it to the semi-finals.
In recognition of his achievements, Collins featured on a set of 2 stamps from St. Kitts, issued in 2002. 25th August was also declared Kim Collins day by the St. Kitts and Nevis government, in honour of his gold medal at the World Championship in 2003, a huge accomplishment. Kim Collins stands as a role model to us all. He has certainly done his country and us as Caribbeans proud. Collins concentrates on his own strengths and trusts in himself and his body. He doesn’t worry about what is deemed to be the norm and has come to recognise his own ability. Had he been a few years younger he would have given Bolt a run for his money. Kim Collins you are true inspiration, Caribbean1st salutes you.