Collins says rivals revere Bolt too much

Collins says rivals revere Bolt too much

Monday, January 30, 2012

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GLASGOW, Scotland (CMC) — Veteran Kittitian sprinter Kim Collins says double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt can be beaten, but argues his rivals are treating him with too much respect.

"You cannot be an athlete and be a fan. Too many athletes do not seem to appreciate that fact," said Collins, who is here to participate in the AVIVA International Match at the Kelvin Hall this weekend.

"To me it is almost as if when they take to the track they expect Bolt to win. They do not go out there seriously thinking they are going to challenge him. They have somehow lost the idea of competition."

Bolt is the reigning Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion and also the world record holder in both events.

The Jamaican has lost just once since the Beijing Olympics four years ago, falling to American Tyson Gay in Stockholm in 2010.

Collins, a former world champion and a bronze medallist in Daegu last year, said Bolt's opponents needed to give it their all for this year's London Olympics.

"There are people who can beat him this year in London. You have to try. It is not enough just to 'be there'," said the 35-year-old who also won bronze at the 2001 and 2005 World Championships.

"Track and field is not a contact sport. Nobody can knock you off your stride. If you run your very best then nobody can physically stop you and it does not matter who you are up against.

"If you are thinking all the time about the opposition then you are beaten before you start."

Collins has represented St Kitts and Nevis at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics but has failed to win a medal.

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