Kim Collins, running at the Oslo Diamond League seemed well on his way to another blistering sub-10 clocking when he pulled up around the 70m mark of the 100m sprint, grimacing before crossing the finish line at 11.59 seconds.
Collins was seen still holding his thigh obviously still in some pain or great discomfort a sight which gave everyone the impression that his record breaking season might be over.
However in a Post race interview his Coach and Wife Paula Surgeon Collins allayed fears about the severity of the injury, saying it was a simple case of cramping.
Collins is seeking to become the first man at 40 years old to win a medal at the Olympics and has looked in fine form this season, already holding a season’s and personal best of 9.93 in Bottrop last month.
The veteran sprinter and former World Champion, had earlier this season, suffered a small hamstring injury and it was thought that this injury was a recurrence, which would put the rest of his season in doubt.
The Caribbean Sprint Icon is down to participate in the upcoming St.Kitts-NEVIS National Olympic Trials set for June 18-19.
A recent stir was caused in his home country after Collins made a plea to be given the opportunity to participate in what will no doubt be his final Olympics In Rio. Collins in the interview seemed to have suggested that he was having or anticipates having some hindrances placed by the St.Kitts-Nevis Olympic Governing Body and its President. This caused outrage among St.Kitts-Nevis Nationals home and abroad. The governing body for athletics has since come out and stated that they have absolutely no issue with Collins and are fully prepared to select Collins after his participation in the upcoming Trials. The SKN Olympic Committee however have not issued any statement but indications are that they too have no real issue.
Collins may have been overly concerned as it seems his participation in the Rio Olympics as Team Captain of the St.Kitts-Nevis Team is assured once he has participated in the Trials which he has already committed to.
Kim Collins is the most well known St.Kitts-Nevis National in the world and is listed among the greatest sprinters of all times. He has been among the elite sprinters in the world for the last 15 years.