Kim Collins gets another chance to run in London
|Bolt to face Collins|
ZIZ News…April 18, 2013 — St. Kitts sprint icon Kim Collins is set to meet the world number one sprinter Usain Bolt in London later this year for a showdown.
The London Anniversary Games confirms a stellar line-up including the three Team GB gold medalists from ‘Super Saturday’
According to the UK Independent Newspaper, there will be 10 individual Olympic champions competing in 27 events over Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of 26 and 27 July – it is followed by a Paralympic competition on the Sunday.
Collins was sent home before running in London for spending a night with his wife rather than in the Olympic Village – St Kitts and Nevis officials deemed that a breach of discipline.
Collins a former world champion said “My story from London was well documented, and to have the opportunity a year on to run in the stadium is something that I’m really grateful for.
The full roll call includes 29 London medallists, 12 champions (there are a couple of relay winners) and four world-record holders. Bolt will run in the 100m, lining up against Kim Collins, a controversial absentee from London 2012, and as part of a Jamaican quartet in the 4x100m.
Bolt will collect an appearance fee of around $600,000 for his two appearances – totalling some 20 seconds of track time – in his first Diamond League appearance in this country for four years. If it had not been for the one-off tax exemption granted Bolt and other international athletes in this year’s budget then the fastest man the world has seen would not be returning to the capital.