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Collins and Maggi Roll Back the Years in Mexico

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Collins and Maggi shine in MexicoIt is always great to see some of the more 'mature' athletes achieve success in major championships and the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico has provided some exceptional performances from athletes in the twilight of their careers.

I've been a big fan of former World Champion Kim Collins for many years and love his easy-going, yet determined, personality - he has won many admirers across the world for his superb attitude and commitment to the sport. I was overjoyed to hear that the 35 year-old had broken the Pan American Games 100m record with a 10.00 clocking (0.4m/s) in his semi-final, which also represented a season's best. He then went on to take silver in the final with a solid 10.04 behind Lerone Clarke's 10.01 (0.2m/s).

Another experienced athlete to have won a global title (2008 Olympics) and still producing the goods at 35 years of age is Brazilian Maurren Maggi. Following a disappointing performance in Daegu where she came 11th, Maggi took the Long Jump title in Mexico with her best jump since winning in Beijing 3 years ago - 6.94m. It is her third gold at the Pan American Games.

It just proves that, even in two competitive events demanding supreme power and explosive speed, it is still possible for athletes officially classed as 'Veterans' or 'Masters' to be among the world's very best. We salute you both Kim and Maurren!

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