St. Kitts & Nevis veteran sprinter Kim Collins has announced he will retire after the IAAF World Championships in London.
41-year-old Kim Collins – who has competed professionally for St. Kitts & Nevis for more than 22 years, has earned 5 world medals over 10 World Championship appearances – including gold in the 100m in 2003.
In 2011 at age 35, Collins won world bronze in the 100m, becoming the oldest person to ever medal in the event, and last year he was the oldest male sprinter to compete in the World Championships, finishing 8th in the 60m with a personal best time of 9.93 seconds.
Collins was also the oldest male sprinter in the Rio Olympics – his 6th appearance for St. Kitts & Nevis, which made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Atlanta games, with Collins as its premiere athlete.
At the 2000 Sydney games, Collins became the first athlete from St. Kitts & Nevis to reach a final – which he repeated at Athens 2004 in the 100m and Beijing 2008 in the 200m.
In 2012 at the London Olympics, Collins had the honor of being his country’s flag bearer, but he did not compete after being dropped from the team for leaving the athletes’ village to stay in a hotel with his wife – who is also his coach, and their kids.
His best Olympic finish was 6th place. St. Kitts & Nevis has never won an Olympic medal.
Of retiring at 41, Kim Collins said “It shows the younger generation that if you take care of your body, you can have a long-lasting career”.