Written by Bridget Cushen on 13 Jun 2016

It is difficult to believe that a Masters sprinter is now faster than any British sprinter since 2013, just two months away from the start of the Rio Olympics, but when the St Kitts and Nevis Olympian Kim Collins, turned 40 on 5 April, the M40 World Masters record (10.29sec) held by the Dutchman Troy Douglas since 2003, was one of his targets.  His first opportunity came at the Jamaican International Invitation on 7 May when he clocked 10.09sec behind the local 24-year old Olympian, Kemar Bailey-Cole, who won in 10.01sec.

On 29 May he became the first 40-year-old to run a sub 10.00sec for 100m at an international meeting in Bottrop, Germany, when he clocked an amazing 9.93sec (+1.9) thus becoming the first human aged over 40 to run a sub 10sec 100m. Joe Morris, USA was 2nd in 10.15 and Adam Gemili 3rd in 10.19. Collins sped to victory again at the Diamond League in Birmingham holding off Mike Rodgers, USA. both sharing the same time 10.11sec and Gemili 3rd.


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