Veronica aims for double
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