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Kim Collins looking forward to next season

29 August 2007
www.world-track.org

By Gary Smith

Former world champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis believes his slow start to the season was the reason for him not making it to the final of the men’s 100-metre at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Collins, a bronze medallist from Helsinki in 2005, has been out with injuries and was never seen as a serious factor to trouble the top runners.

However, the St Kitts star surprisingly made it all the way to semi-finals, where he was just edged out by Trinidadian Marc Burns for a final slot in the deciding race, with both sprinters running 10.21 seconds.

“That is as always my bad luck,” Collins said after seeing the final results for his semis on Sunday. “When I am close to somebody I always lose.

“But I can’t be disappointed. After I started the season slowly I nearly made it to the finals.

Collins finished the championships with a seasonal best and believes that next year; the year of the Olympic Games in Beijing will be a comeback for him.

“Next year I will be fully back. They will again need to count with me. This year I had some injuries and was not able to train enough,” he said.

The Jamaican pair of Nesta Carter and Campbell and Antigua’s Brendan Christian also failed to make it from the semis. The final went to American world-leader Tyson Gay, who caught Jamaican world record holder Asafa Powell after the 60m mark.

According to Powell he had problems with his blocks and was unable to stay focused after getting up to his race form.



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