To begin our fab five 10-week countdown to the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, we travel back through history to highlight five very special athletes who boast a long-lasting affinity with the biennial IAAF World Championships.
There’s plenty of tradition associated with Oslo’s ExxonMobil Bislett Games, not the least of which is the strawberry party hosted annually on the eve of the meeting by the mayor of the Norwegian capital in the city’s historic city hall.
It has been 20 years since Kim Collins made his debut in a global event. Twenty years on from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and after 12 World Championships indoors and out and four Olympic Games, the St Kitts sprinter is hungry for more success on the track.
Mo Farah had to settle for second place at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country in January but with a solid block of altitude training in Ethiopia under his belt, the Brit will be looking to claim his first win of the year at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, the final IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting of 2016, on Saturday (20).
Veteran sprinter Kim Collins was hoping to add another special performance on a heady night of world records at the Globen Galan, but a stumble out of the blocks in the 60m final prevented him doing so – although it didn’t prevent him earning an unlikely victory at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Stockholm on Wednesday (17).
Genzebe Dibaba, who will target the world indoor mile record at Wednesday’s Globen Galan in Stockholm – the third meeting in the new IAAF World Indoor Tour series – may end up breaking two world marks on the night.
There were no fewer than five world-leading marks at the PSD Bank Indoor Meeting in Dusseldorf, but there is no doubt that the pick of the crop was Orlando Ortega’s brace in the 60m hurdles on Wednesday night (3).
World indoor and European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty and British indoor 60m champion Chijindu Ujah will go up against 2003 world 100m champion Kim Collins and the USA’s world 100m bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell when they line up over 60m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on 20 February, organisers of the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting announced on Saturday (26).
Britain's European 100m champion James Dasaolu and world indoor champion Richard Kilty will take on an international line up at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games that will include 2003 world champion Kim Collins and Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London on 24-25 July.
No fewer than 24 sub-10-second performances have been recorded in the 100m in Rome’s Olympic Stadium. That number is expected to grow at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea on 4 June, the next leg of the IAAF Diamond League.