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Veronica Campbell Brown
As far as the women are concerned, Veronica Campbell-Brown is the premier track and field sprint athlete. She ranks alongside Bolt as his equivalent being the most successful Jamaican female…. having won all three levels of World competition from Youth, Junior to Senior level. Veronica Campbell BrownShe has fittingly made up for the disappointments of Merlene Ottey in claiming the elusive golds in the short sprints of the majors but, has a very long way to go to top Ottey’s overall tally of silver and bronze medals (the most claimed by any female athlete in history). Although residing in the USA, unlike Ottey who eventually defected to Slovenia, Veronica is proud to represent her country, competing internationally in the Jamaican colours. A five-time Olympic medallist, she is the reigning Olympic 200m and World 100m champion. In Beijing, she ran the seventh fastest 200m ever (21.74s) and became the second woman in history to win it twice, successfully defending her title.
But it’s never been easy for Veronica and one feels that her efforts would be rewarded even more (with some of the glamour afforded to Bolt and Powell) if she could break the seemingly obscure world records (100m and 200m) set by Flo-Jo under ‘shady circumstances’ twenty years ago. Veronica was born to Cecil Campbell and Pamela Bailey in Trelawny, Jamaica on 15 May 1982. It certainly looks like Trelawny (with its rich heritage of yam and sweet potatoes) has the formula for world class sprinters..!! She attended Vere Technical High School in Clarendon before pursuing higher education in the USA. In 2007, she married Omar Brown, a fellow 200m sprinter.... as we move, VCB continues to shine....

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