Collins, Kibet and Licwinko all post world-leading marks in Moscow
St Kitts’ sprinter Kim Collins continued to astound and defy Father Time at the traditional Russian Winter meeting, the second of the 2015 IAAF Indoor Permit meetings, which ironically fell on the warmest February day for many years in Moscow with temperatures around 3 degrees Celsius outside the CSKA Arena on Sunday (1).
Collins, now 38 and a very familiar face in the Russian capital, won the 60m in a world-leading time and national record of 6.48, shaving 0.01 from his previous best set last year. USA’s Mike Rodgers was second in 6.56.
“I have six kids, and it now seems I’ve got more mascots from the Russian Winter meeting than kids to give them to as presents,” joked Collins.
Joint 2014 world indoor high jump champions Kamila Licwinko and Mariya Kuchina were the only ones left in their event after both cleared 1.94m with their first jumps.
They then fought out an exciting duel.
The Pole cleared 1.97m with her first jump while Kuchina needed three attempts.
Licwinko decided not to jump 1.99m, clearly thinking that Kuchina would struggle, but the latter jumped that height with her second try to put the pressure on.