Veron­ica aims for dou­ble

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VERON­ICA CAMP­BEL­LBROWN has put the in­juries be­hind her and feels ready to claim a world cham­pi­onships sprint dou­ble, the two times Olympic 200 me­tres gold medal­list said yes­ter­day.

“‘I’ve had some set­backs,” the Ja­maican, who is also the world 100 me­tres cham­pion, said. “But my body is in shape (now).”

A toe in­jury and a more re­cent ham­string cramp have meant a low-key sea­son for the ath­lete but nei­ther should ham­per her drive for the world sprint dou­ble that eluded her in 2007, Camp­bell-Brown said.

Camp­bell-Brown’s 10.96 sec­onds over 100 me­tres at Athens ranks her as the fifth fastest woman of the sea­son and her 22.37 in the 200 in Barcelona puts her fourth, with only Amer­i­can ri­val Allyson Felix un­der 22 sec­onds this year.

She won the 100 me­tres world ti­tle at Osaka in 2007 in a photo fin­ish with Lau­ryn Wil­liams, then took sec­ond to Felix in the longer race.

Camp­bell-Brown gained re­venge in Bei­jing, get­ting the bet­ter of Felix in the 200 while Ja­maican team-mates ShellyAnn Fraser, Ker­ron Ste­wart and Sherone Simp­son swept the Olympic 100 me­tres medals.

Her ri­valry with Felix is friendly but se­ri­ous.

“Allyson and I have been shar­ing the wins for many years now,” Camp­bell-Brown said of Felix, the 2005 and 2007 200 me­tres world cham­pion and twice Olympic run­ner-up to the Ja­maican.

“So when­ever I com­pete with her, I make sure I am ready to run.” – Reuters

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