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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 March, 2004, 12:21 GMT
Collins eyes Olympic crown
Kim Collins
Collins won the world title in Paris in 10.07 seconds
Kim Collins has set his sights on adding the Olympic 100m gold medal to his world and Commonwealth titles.

The 27-year-old from St Kitts and Nevis has kept a low-profile on the circuit but as world champion he knows he goes to Athens as the favourite.

"I surprised everyone when I took the world title in Paris but this year everyone will be expecting me to do well," said Collins.

"I'm determined to take my chance to be Olympic 100m Champion."

"Gold in Athens is my ultimate goal this year," the Caribbean sprinter added.

"It won't be easy but on a good day I know I can win, no matter who lines up against me in the final eight.

The British sprinters are among the best in the world
Kim Collins
"I will try to keep my focus and approach each race as I have in the past and hopefully the medals will keep coming."

Collins will tune-up for his Olympic bid by taking part in a trio of international meetings in Britain this summer.

The world champion will kick-off his campaign at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Gateshead on 27 June before competing in Birmingham on 25 July and at Crystal Palace five days later.

Collins enjoyed success when he won his first major title in Manchester at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

He is now relishing the chance of testing himself against Britain's home grown talent.

"The British sprinters are among the best in the world," said Collins.

"Guys like Mark Lewis-Francis and Darren Campbell will be tough to beat, but you have to be able to win against the best."

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