It’s one of the most high-profile and highly-charged athletics meets in the UK and it’s taking place this weekend here in Scotland. The Sainbury’s Glasgow International Match is attracting some big names in the sporting world to compete on Saturday when it returns to the Emirates Arena, one of the state-of-the-art venues for the upcoming XX Commonwealth Games.
Among those taking to the track are Commonwealth Games 400 m hurdles silver medallist and World 4 x 400 m relay bronze medallist Eilidh Child. She’ll also be joined by stars from London 2012 Olympic Games, including long jump gold medallist, Greg Rutherford, and high jump bronze medallist, Robbie Grabarz.
No stranger to the annual Glasgow British Athletics International Match, Kim Collins, the 2003 World 100 m champion from St Kitts and Nevis, will be making his third appearance at the event on Saturday.
Armed with the questions you submitted on Twitter, VisitScotland caught up with him ahead of this weekend’s action.
VisitScotland: What are your goals for the 2014 season? (via @stu_Mackenzie)
Kim Collins: My goal this year is to once again run a personal best in the 60 m, 100 m, and 200 m. I would also like to get back in the top five in the world at least.
VS: What was it like to compete at the Emirates Arena last year?
KC: It’s always a great experience competing at the Emirates Arena. The support from the fans and the competitive atmosphere is always a good mixture for great performances.
VS: How important will a big crowd be to your performance at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match?
KC: Once there is a big crowd at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match, it makes it more intense when feeling the energy in the arena. This also aids in performance.
VS: How long does it take you to train and prepare for a big event? (via @Tmckinnin)
KC: Training begins in October of the previous year, at my stage now, it’s based on a year to year basis.
VS: What is your favourite thing about visiting and competing in Scotland? (via @FionaDally)
KC: My favourite thing about visiting and competing in Scotland is the support from the many track and field fans, who see me as one of their own. I feel right at home.
VS: How many hours a day do you train and what do you do when you’re not training? (via @TheShrub)
KC: These days I train for about an hour and a half. When I’m not training I’m with my kids, just being an average father and husband.
VS: How did you feel when you heard about the #LetKimRun campaign? (via @warr10rz)
KC: When I heard about the #LetKimRun campaign, I was really moved to know that there are still many people that would want to see me compete. I was deeply moved.
VS: At their best who do you think would have won a head to head over 200 m – Michael Johnson or Usain Bolt?
KC: A head-to-head with Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt would have had to been seen and not assumed. They both took the 200 m to a place we never thought possible.
VS: Has training and keeping your body in shape become more difficult as you’ve got older?
KC: Training has actually become a lot easier, I have learnt a lot and made a lot of changes. Each race and each season, it still amazes me to see how much I’ve learnt over the years.
Showing no signs of ageing, 37 year-old Collins pulled off his PB of 9.97 at the Lausanne Diamond League in Switzerland in December 2013. We’re excited to see what he pulls out of the bag on Saturday!
There are still a few tickets remaining for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match. Visit the British Athletics website for more information. It’s also one of the last big sporting dates before the arrival of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, so why not get a taster what is to come?
Find out what more information about what to see and do while you’re in Glasgow.