I got a lot of slack in my article last week when I agreed with Victor Conte’s assessment that 60% of the top 16 in the world were using some kind of drug.
In addition, there was a lot of talk when a 37 year old Kim Collins ran a Personal Best and National Record of 9.97 at Lausanne (4th place) a few weeks back with a horrible reaction time of 0.216 seconds! His 9.97 could easily have been 9.92 seconds with a 0.165 “standard” reaction time. (2nd and 3rd were Asafa Powell’s 9.88 and Mike Rodgers’ 9.96, both were season bests)
Kim Collins agrees that every athlete is now under scrutiny. He said the recent doping cases "leaves a bad taste for all of us."
He also said "Everyone is judged and I will be judged running fast at my age”.
I couldn’t agree more, but lets look back at his Lausanne race, and I will justify why Kim Collins is clean, with some input from Stuart McMillan over lunch whilst in London for the Anniversary Games
- The wind was +2.0, the maximum allowable limit
- Lausanne is one of the fastest tracks in the world
- Collins was being pulled by a guy who ran 9.79
- Collins was in a race with a bunch of 9.8 – 9.9 sprinters
- He has consistently run low 10.0 every single year. Click here for his progression since 1996!
- He eats well and treats him body like a professional athlete