Kim Collins, who turns 40 on 5 April, is hoping his 60m meeting with long-time rival Mike Rodgers of the United States will provide an ideal sharpening exercise as he looks ahead to competing in Portland.

The two will face-off today (Feb 17) at the Globen Galan in Stockholm – the third meeting in the new IAAF World Indoor Tour series.

The 2003 world 100m champion from St Kitts and Nevis is already joint third in this year’s 60m world list with 6.53, a hundredth of a second slower than Rodgers and 0.04 off the time posted by Asafa Powell of Jamaica.

But he believes this latest meeting with Rodgers – who has won the first two 60m events staged in the four-meeting IAAF World Indoor Tour, in Karlsruhe and Boston – can be significant.

“It takes a time to get back to form,” he said. “I am hoping that I find it tomorrow night. I do believe I am in 6.4 shape or better, but I haven’t been able to put it together so far this season. I’ve been facing Mike for many years now – I’ve probably seen him more than any other competitor.”


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