Veronica Campbell-Brown C.D (born 15 May 1982) is a
track and field sprint athlete, competing internationally for
A five-time Olympic
medallist, she is the reigning Olympic
champion. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics
, she ran the
200 m in 21.74 seconds (the fastest time in a decade) and
became the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic
200 m events, after Bärbel
of Germany did so at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics.
was born to Cecil Campbell and Pamella Bailey in Trelawny, Jamaica on 15 May
She has nine brothers and sisters and attended Vere
Technical High School in Clarendon
pursuing higher education in the United States.
In 1999, she won two gold medals the 100 m and 4 × 100 metres relay
inaugural IAAF World
. The following year, she became the first
female to win the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior
. 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 × 100 m relay
team. Campbell is the only female athlete to win both the
100 m and 200 m sprints at the same World Youth
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 in academics 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 program
dominated by long-distance runners.
At the 2004 Olympics, Campbell first placed third in the 100 m
and two days later won the 200 m
beating out Allyson Felix
United States. She later teamed up with Aleen Bailey
, and Sherone Simpson
4 × 100 m relay
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 × 100 m relay (together with Daniele Browning
, Aleen Bailey and Sherone
At the 2007 World
, 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 × 100 m relay.
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 m 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 ×
100 m relay at the Olympic Games. At the opening ceremony of
the 2008 Olympics
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 ×
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
. Jamaica did not
finish the race due to a mistake in the baton exchange.
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
. She also finished eighth overall in voting for the
magazine's Woman of the Year.
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. At the 2009 World
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
, recording her fastest of the year (10.89) to take second
behind Carmelita Jeter
, who became
the second fastest ever with 10.64 seconds. Although she was
roundly beaten by Jeter, Campbell-Brown was the fourth fastest
100 m sprinter overall that season.
In 2007, Campbell married Omar Brown
fellow Jamaican sprinter and University of Arkansas alumnus.
currently live and train in Clermont,
She was appointed as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
late 2009, and stated that she would use the role to promote
gender equity in sport
Campbell-Brown's personal best of 10.85 s in the 100 m
ranks her sixth 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 fastest time
of the 21st Century, and the fastest since Marion Jones
's 21.62 s in Johannesburg
- All information from IAAF Profile
Veronica Campbell-Brown at the 2009
- Athlete biography: Veronica Campbell-Brown,
beijing2008.cn, ret: Aug 30, 2008
- Dead link
- Track & Field News February 2009
- Foster, Anthony (2009-06-29). Bolt completes double; ‘Not 100%’ Veronica Campbell-Brown
runs 22.40 – JAM Champs, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
- Yung, Jean (2009-09-20). Gay 9.69 and Jeter 10.64 at 100m; Liu Xiang makes dazzling
comeback – Shanghai Golden Grand Prix. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
- 100 Metres 2009. IAAF (2009-10-02). Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
- Dead Link
- Campbell-Brown, Veronica (2009-10-07). Veronica Campbell Brown named Unesco Ambassador - IAAF
Online Diaries. IAAF.
Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
- 200 Metres All Time. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-03-12.