Collins: I’ll be in the medals

Kim Collins may be a few years past his best but the former world 100 metres champion is still intent on winning medals at major championships.

The St Kitts and Nevis speedster landed the sprint double at the DAK Leichtathletik-Gala track and field meeting on Sunday.

Collins, the 100m 2003 world champion and 2005 bronze medallist, clocked a wind-aided 10.08 seconds to take a close victory over American Mark Jelk (10.09) and Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu (10.10).

The 33-year-old returned to complete the double in a slight headwind with a seasonal best run of 20.45 seconds in the 200m.

Germans Alexander Kosenkow (20.60) and Aleixo-Platini Menga (20.66) were second and third respectively.

‘My aim is to once again be a medallist at the World Championships,’ Collins said. With Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay the likeliest to take the first two places, his best hope is a bronze.

‘I want to go to Berlin and be one of the guys to return with hardware. I am very positive about it and you have to believe in it to achieve it.’

Collins had a slow start to the season but is buoyed by his current form ahead of the World Championships running from 15-23 August.

‘I am feeling a lot better and more confident. If I could get one more race before Berlin and go under 10 seconds, it would increase my chances.’

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson, who underwent surgery for her knee late last year, finished second in the women’s 100 metres in 11.12 seconds.

She was beaten by Germany’s Verena Sailer, who edged in front in 11.11.