Quick as a Bolt: Collins promises historic 100m final at London Games
13:34 GMT, 30 May 2012
Former world champion Kim Collins believes this year could see the first race in history with eight men running 100 metres in under 10 seconds.
Eight different men have broken the 10 second barrier already this season, with three of them doing so in the same race in Doha earlier in May.
Stiff competition: Kim Collins (right) says eight people could run the 100m in under 10 seconds to catch Usain Bolt (centre)
The 2008 Olympic final saw six men run under 10 seconds, including Usain Bolt setting the then world record of 9.69secs, while the same feat was achieved in the 1991 World Championship final and at the 2011 Prefontaine Classic in Oregon.
And although the veteran Collins concedes he is not capable of keeping pace with the likes of Bolt if the Jamaican gets near his current world record of 9.58s, the 36-year-old feels the rising standards in an Olympic year mean history could be made.
'I think this is going to be the year where we see eight men under 10 seconds in the same race, so keep watching,' said Collins, who won the world 100m title for St Kitts and Nevis in Paris in 2003.
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'For me it's no surprise that five guys have already run under 9.9s this year. It's an Olympic year and everyone wants to be in the best shape possible.'
Collins finished second to Bolt in Ostrava last Friday and will take on the triple Olympic champion again in Rome's Diamond League meeting tomorrow, with former world record holder Asafa Powell also in the field.
Powell said: 'I'm not here to compete against Bolt, I'm here to run very fast.
'The finish line is my target, not Bolt or anyone else.'
And asked how he would beat Bolt, Powell added: 'It's simple. If you want to beat Bolt and he runs 9.79, you run 9.78. If he runs 10 seconds flat, you run 9.9. That's it.'