Sport

Campbell Brown hails coach Claude Grant

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Saturday, September 03, 2011    

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Newly crowned IAAF World Championships 200m gold medallist Veronica Campbell Brown has lauded her coach Claude Grant for his contribution to her success at the biennial global track and field championships.

Campbell Brown, who ran 22.22 seconds yesterday to win her first World Championships 200m title to add to her 100m title won in Osaka, Japan in 2005 and two Olympic 200m titles, said Grant "contributed greatly to my Daegu success".

The IAAF World Indoor 60m champion was publicly identifying her coach for the first time this season after splitting with the Atlanta-based Anthony Carpenter last year and speculations had swirled all season long.

The text read: "I must make mention of the wonderful work coach Claude Grant has been doing with me this year. His patience and knowledge has contributed greatly to my Daegu success." It was sent soon after she beat 100m champion American Carmelita Jeter and three-time defending champion Allyson Felix to the line after a superb race.

Not wanting the distraction of handling coaching questions in a World Championships year, Campbell Brown, steadfastly waited until close to the end of the season to pay tribute to the coach who has been guiding her preparations since the start of her training late last year, said Claude Bryan who has been her manager since she turend profesional in June 2004.

"True to form," Bryan said, "she remained resolute and now Claude Grant, whom I have immense respect for as a coach, is no longer unsung."

Campbell Brown also spent a number of years with Lance Brauman until the end of the 2009 season.

The unassuming Grant, who is in Daegu with Campbell Brown, had told the Observer hours before the race that once Campbell Brown "runs the curve how we have been practising, no one will be able to catch her".

Grant, a former athlete at Rusea's High School, has been the head coach at Herbert Morrison Technical for just over 10 years, and he took over the job of coaching Campbell Brown in the preseason and is predicting that she could run faster than her present personal best times of 10.76 seconds in the 100m and 21.74 seconds in the 200m.

"After working with her so closely I realise she has so much talent and I am surprised she has not run faster than this already," he told the Observer.

Campbell Brown's start was one area they have worked on this season and he said she just needs to be more consistent.

In addition to Campbell Brown, Grant is also the coach of another member of the team in Daegu as he has been in charge of relay team member Dexter Lee's conditioning since he was a high school student.

Lee won three IAAF world titles, World Youth in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2007 and back-to-back World Junior titles in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2008 and Moncton, Canada last year.

Lee could come away with a gold medal from the World Championships as he is down to anchor the men's 4x100m team in the Sunday's qualification rounds.

Grant has produced a string of top-quality athletes in his tenure at Herbert Morrison, including 2010 Central American and Caribbean Juniors Under-20 champion Seidatha Palmer, who has also represented the country at the World Youth and World Junior levels, as well as Antonique Campbell, who also represented the island at several junior competitions.

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