Kim sprints his way into history books
27 July 2002
Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis won the 100m final in a dramatic race which saw England’s two hopefuls pull up with injuries at virtually the same time.
Lewis-Francis and Chambers grimace with pain as Collins races home
Collins (9.98), who is the first athlete to win a Commonwealth Games medal for his nation, was delighted with his performance.
“I feel like I represent not just St Kitts and Nevis but the whole Caribbean. I want to say a special thanks to the fans here. They’ve cheered us all along even though we’re not all English.”
Uchenna Emedolu (10.11) of Nigeria took silver and Canada's Pierre Browne (10.12) claimed bronze.
Rivals Dwain Chambers and Mark Lewis-Francis were put under a huge strain as Collins made a magnificent start out of the blocks. The pressure proved too much and both pulled up before the finish.
England teammate Jason Gardener (10.22) who came 6th said: “There was lot of pressure on Dwain and Mark but you can’t under-estimate the rest of the Commonwealth. This was a world class field and there are no easy races.”
“For me it was great to get to the final considering that I struggled in the early rounds. All credit to Collins. He needed to run under 10 secs, and he did just that.”
The injuries to Lewis-Francis and Chambers will leave England with a major headache for the men’s 4x100m relay.
Kim Collins (SKN) 9.98 (NR)
Uchenna Emedolu (NGR) 10.11
Pierre Browne (CAN) 10.12 (PB)
Deji Aliu (NGR) 10.15
Dwight Thomas (JAM) 10.15
Jason Gardener (ENG) 10.22
Mark Lewis-Francis (ENG) 10.54
Dwain Chambers (ENG) 11.19