(SportsMax) Kim Collins, the 2003 100-metres world champion, is set to retire at the end of this summer’s IAAF World Championships in London, England.
Collins, who turns 41 in April, has enjoyed a successful career that has spanned two decades during which he had won five medals in 10 appearances at World Championships, the last of which came when he won the bronze medal at the 2011 championships in Daegu, South Korea. There, he became the oldest man to ever win a 100m medal.
Over the years, Collins has ran faster as he got older. His personal best time of 9.93s was set in 2016 at the age of 40. But, after suffering a series of injuries prior to the Olympic Games in Rio last summer, and during this past indoor season, the enigmatic Collins has decided to call time on his career.
“I think London will be my last. My oldest son now is 19. The kids are growing. But it’s been great for the younger generation as it shows that if you take care of your body, you can have a long-lasting career," Collins said.
"I’m making sure my body is healthy, I’m eating right and getting a lot stronger in the gym which many years ago I didn’t do. My body is getting a lot stronger and more flexible which helps me perform to the best of my ability and not get injured."
Collins first competed at the World Champions in Gotenberg in 1995 as a member of his country’s relay squad. However, his recollection of Athens in 1997 were not so memorable. “In ’97 when I came back I had a small injury. I ended up running 21 seconds for the 100m. It’s the slowest 100m ever run!,” he said.
"I also have the slowest winning time ever run at a World Championships (10.07). And I'm the oldest ever man to medal in the 100m at the World Championships. Now I’m looking for another."
Should he hold to his decision Collins will join Usain Bolt in retirement this summer. The world’s fastest man has also indicated that he will hang up his golden spikes following the championships set for August 4-13.