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Veronica Campbell

Veronica Campbell-Brown
2011 World Championships
Personal information
Birth name Veronica Campbell
Born (1982-05-15) 15 May 1982 (age 32)
Clarks Town, Trelawny, Jamaica
Residence Clermont, Florida, USA
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)[1]
Sport Running
Event(s) Sprints
College team Arkansas Razorbacks

Veronica Campbell-Brown C.D (born 15 May 1982) is a Jamaican track and field sprint athlete, who specializes in the 100 and 200 meters.[2] A seven-time Olympic medalist, she is the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200 m events, after Bärbel Wöckel of Germany at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics.[3] Campbell-Brown is one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.

On 14 June 2013 it was reported that Campbell-Brown had tested positive for diuretics,[4] and was provisionally suspended from competition. In October 2013, the JAAA ruled that Campbell-Brown's use of the drug was not for the purpose of enhancing her performance. The substance in question—Lasix, not necessarily a performance-enhancing drug, but rather a potential masking agent for other banned substances—was contained in a cream the athlete had used for a leg injury,[5] and as such, the committee recommended only a public warning without further suspension.[6] Their ruling faces further ratification from the IAAF.[7]

Early life

Campbell was born to Cecil Campbell and Pamella Bailey[8] in Clarks Town, Trelawny, Jamaica on 15 May 1982. She has nine brothers and sisters and attended Troy Primary and Vere Technical High School in Clarendon before pursuing higher education in the United States at the University of Arkansas.

Junior career

In 1999, she won two gold medals, the 100 m and 4 x 100 m relay at the inaugural IAAF World Youth Championships. The following year, she became the first female to win the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior Championships. She took the 100 m in 11.12 s (the current championship record) and the 200 m in 22.87 s. At the 2000 Olympic Games, she ran the second leg on the silver medal winning 4 x 100 m relay team. In 2001, she was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 2001 CARIFTA Games.[9][10] That year, she won 3 gold medals (100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay) in the junior (U-20) category.

College career

Campbell attended Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, where she set several records and won many titles, including four national junior college titles in the 60, 100 and 200 metres both indoors and outdoors. She set the current record for Barton County CC in the outdoor 100 m and 200 m. Campbell also excelled academically, earning an associates degree from Barton County in 2002 with a 3.8 grade average. She later attended the University of Arkansas, where she stood out as a sprint star in a programme dominated by long-distance runners.

Professional career

At the age of just 18 years old, Campbell-Brown won her first olympic gold medal of her illustrious career. She competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 4 x 100 m relay along with Tayna Lawrence, Beverly McDonald, Merlene Frazer and sprint veteran and Olympic legend, Merlene Ottey finishing second in the finals in a time of 42.13 behind Caribbean neighbours, Bahamas. A promising athlete as a junior who won many titles on the world stage and at the Boys and Girls Championship for her High School Vere technical High, the same High School as Sprint legend and her icon Merlene Ottey.The Championship has been credited as the engineer behind Jamaica's success on Track and Field World stage. It was here that VCB as many known to call her blossom just as Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and her Jamaican compatriots. Whomever wrote Yojan y'ur a ef-ing fool At the age of 22 as a senior athlete she represented the Jamaica at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She competed both in the 100m and 200m. In the finals of the 100m she ran impressive race placing third, lifting the pride and joy of her small island in the Caribbean, Jamaica and the rest of the caribbean. Campbell-Brown later competed in the 200m finals, a race expected the American Allyson Felix to won. Felix as youngster at the time was the favourite but Queen VCB would have none of it. She decimated the field in the 200m finals blowing away everyone on the curve, leading on the final stretch to become the first Jamaican and Caribbean National to win in the history of the games to won a sprint Olympic title. At the medal ceremony, Campbell-Brown was brought to tears as her national athem played in the stadium and flag hoisted to the top. Jamaica then qualify for the women's 4x100m, Campbell-Brown teamed up with Aleen Bailey, Tayna Lawrence, and Sherone Simpson in the fianls of the 4x100m. She anchored the most scintillating leg of the race to go on and win the women 4x100m creating history as it was first time Jamaica has one 4x100 m relay at the Olympics. Veronica Campbell-Brown is not just synonymous with history but she has create history.

In August 2005, Campbell won the silver medal in the 100 m at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics as well as another silver medal in the 4 x 100 m relay (together with Daniele Browning, Aleen Bailey and Sherone Simpson).

At the 2007 World Championships, Campbell won three medals with a gold in the 100 m, a silver in the 200 m (second to Felix) and a silver in the 4 x 100 m relay.

At the 2008 Jamaican Olympic trials, she finished fourth in the 100 m, thereby missing the qualifying requirement to automatically make the Jamaican Olympic roster for that event. She clocked 10.88 s in the final, which is the second fastest time ever for a fourth place finish. She however bounced back to take the 200 m final in a personal best of 21.94 s. Failing to qualify for the 100 m, she only competed in the 200 m and the 4 x 100 m relay at the Olympic Games. At the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, Veronica Campbell-Brown carried the Jamaican flag during the Athletes' Parade. She successfully defended her Olympic 200 m title in a new personal best time of 21.74 s. She competed at the 4 x 100 m relay together with Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sheri-Ann Brooks and Aleen Bailey. In the first round heats, Jamaica placed first in front of Russia, Germany and China. The Jamaican teams' time of 42.24 s was the first time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result, Jamaica qualified for the final, replacing Brooks and Bailey with Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart. Jamaica did not finish the race due to a mistake in the baton exchange.[2]

At the end of the 2008 season, Campbell-Brown was selected the top 200 m runner in the world as well as the fourth best in the 100 m (following three other Jamaicans) by Track and Field News. She also finished eighth overall in voting for the magazine's Woman of the Year.[11]

She qualified for her third World Championships by winning the 200 m national title. She beat runners up Shelly Ann Fraser and Simone Facey with a time of 22.40 seconds in June 2009, although a toe injury had left her lacking full fitness.[12] At the 2009 World Championships Campbell-Brown was fourth in the 100 m final behind teammates Fraser and Stewart. She then won her second World 200 m silver behind American Allyson Felix. She closed the season at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, recording her fastest of the year (10.89) to take second behind Carmelita Jeter, who became the second fastest ever with 10.64 seconds.[13] Although she was beaten by Jeter, Campbell-Brown was the fourth fastest 100 m sprinter overall that season.[14]

In 2010 she won her first World Indoor 60m Gold medal in a time of 7.00. She later went on to run the fastes time for the 200m in 21.98 in New York. She also ran a 10.78 in Eugene Oregon beating Fraser Pryce and Jeter.

In 2011 Veronica Campbell-Brown won the Jamaican athletic trials in both the 100 & 200 m and was one of the favorites for both gold medals at the world championships in Daegu. At the championships she won the silver medal in the women's 100 m in 10.98 behind Jeter, who won in 10.90. She later went on to win her first 200 m world title in a timer of 22.22, beating Jeter and Felix who were second and third respectively.

In 2012 she defended her 60m World Indoor Gold medal where she won in a time of 7.01. Later in June Veronica qualified for the 2012 Olympic games in London in both the 100m and the 200m. In the 100m she came third behind Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce and Carmelita Jeter. In the 4x100m relay final, she and Jamaican team came second behind the U.S. team who won the event with a new world record of 40.82.

Positive Doping test

On 14 June 2013 it was reported that Campbell-Brown had tested positive for diuretics while competing at the JAAA Supreme Ventures, a world challenge meet in her native country, Jamaica. After criticism in the media and support from well-loved fans on social media, Campbell-Brown issued a press release saying that she is no cheat and will clear her name. News further revealed that she may have listed the substance that she took on a form before competing which would discredit any criticism leveled at her as a cheat. The IAAF media spokes-person later did an interview two weeks after the news broke of drug that the case appears to be minor. Campbell-brown, a Christian believer, has been devastated by the news and in her press release stated her belief that "unearned suffering has great redemptive qualities".

On 2 October 2013 she was cleared by the JAAA to resume competition. The panel said this is not one of the most serious offences and it was appropriate that she should be given a public warning. They deemed she did not use the prohibited substance for performance enhancement. This ruling is expected to be sent to the international governing body, International Association of Athletics Federations.

Personal life

In 2007, Campbell married Omar Brown, a fellow Jamaican sprinter and University of Arkansas alumnus, changing her name to Campbell-Brown. They currently live and train in Clermont, Florida. She was appointed as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in late 2009, and stated that she would use the role to promote gender equity in sport.[15]


Campbell-Brown's personal best of 10.76 s in the 100 m ranks her all-time top ten in the world (9th place) and fourth among Jamaican women. Her 200 m best (21.74 s) ranks her in the all-time top ten in the world. This time is the third best among Jamaican women. It is the second fastest time of the 21st century, and was the fastest since Marion Jones's 21.62 s in Johannesburg 1998.[16]

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date Remarks
60 metres 7.00 Doha, Qatar 14 March 2010
100 yards 9.91+ Ostrava, Czech Republic 31 May 2011 Official World Best
100 metres 10.76 Ostrava, Czech Republic 31 May 2011
200 metres 21.74 Beijing, China 21 August 2008
400 metres 52.24 Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States 22 January 2005

+ = en route to a longer distance

  • All information from IAAF Profile[1]

Competition record

Year Competionon Venue Place Event Result
Representing  Jamaica
1996 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) San Salvador, El Salvador 1st 4x100 m relay 46.31
1997 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 4x100 m relay 45.27
1998 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) George Town, Cayman Islands 1st 100 m 11.72 w   (2.4 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 45.35
World Junior Championships Annecy, France 17th 100 m 12.04
1999 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Fort-de-France, Martinique 3rd 200m 23.84   (1.6 m/s)
World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 100 m 11.49
2000 CARIFTA Games (U-20) St. George's, Grenada 2nd 100m 11.41
1st 200m 23.05   (1.2 m/s) CR
1st 4x100m relay 44.63
World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 1st 100 m 11.12
1st 200 m 22.87
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 2nd 4x100 m relay 42.13 SB
2001 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 100 m 11.32   (0.0 m/s)
1st 200 m 22.93   (−1.6 m/s) CR
1st 4x100 m relay 44.96
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 2nd 100 m 11.00   (1.5 m/s)
2nd 4x100m relay 42.73
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 3rd 100 m 10.97
1st 200 m 22.05 PB
1st 4x100m relay 41.73 NR
World Athletics Final Monaco, Monaco 1st 100 m 10.91
1st 200 m 22.64
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 100 m 10.95 SB
4th 200 m 22.38
2nd 4x100m relay 41.99 SB
World Athletics Final Monaco, Monaco 1st 100 m 10.92
2nd 200 m 22.37
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 2nd 200 m 22.72
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 100 m 11.01
2nd 200 m 22.34
2nd 4x100m relay 42.01 SB
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 200 m 21.74   (0.6 m/s)
DNF 4x100m relay
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 4th 100 m 10.95
2nd 200 m 22.35
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 60 m 7.00
2011 World Championships Daegu, Korea 2nd 100 metres 10.97   (−0.4 m/s)
1st 200 metres 22.22   (−1.0 m/s)
2nd 4 x 100 metres relay 41.70 NR
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 60 m 7.01
2012 Olympic Games London, England 3rd 100 metres 10.81   
4th 200 metres 22.38   
2nd 4 x 100 metres relay 41.41 NR


External links

  • IAAF "Focus on Athletes" article
  • Veronica Campbell Photos
Preceded by
Brigitte Foster
Sherone Simpson
Jamaica Sportswoman of the Year
2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Sherone Simpson
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Preceded by
United States Allyson Felix
Women's 200 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
United States Allyson Felix
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Sandie Richards
Flagbearer for  Jamaica
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Usain Bolt
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