VCB seriously looking to Commonwealth Games

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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This could be Veronica Campbell Brown's final chance to get a Commonwealth Games gold medal at the 20th staging of the championships in Glasgow, Scotland this summer.

However, even after a fine run to win the women's 100m title at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships on Friday night at the national stadium, she appeared uncertain whether she would be in Glasgow.

A relaxed-looking Campbell Brown, who joked with reporters after her 10.92 seconds effort in front of an appreciative crowd, had to be goaded into admitting she had ambitions of adding to her impressive collection of gold medals.

When she was 'welcomed back' by a member of the local media, she shot back quickly with a smile: "I wasn't gone anywhere."

Campbell Brown, whose season best 10.86 seconds is the second best in the world so far, has won gold medals at every level on the global scene. Sshe has medals from the IAAF World Youth and World Junior Championships, the outdoors and indoors World Championships and Olympic Games, and has just three silver medals in her previous two appearances at the Commonwealth Games.

After saying twice that she would be taking her season "one race at a time" with the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday, her next stop, she conceded, would be the Commonwealth Games.

"I think I will go to the Commonwealth Games though. I have been there twice and it has always been a nice championship... I enjoyed both times and hopefully I will go."

Campbell Brown won a silver medal in the 100m in 2002 when the Games were held in Manchester, England, and was part of the silver medal-winning 4x100m team and took silver in the 200m four years later in Melbourne, Australia, behind teammate Sherone Simpson.

Despite a 'typical' Campbell Brown victory in the 100m on Friday as she caught the faster starters and powered past them to win, she was not pleased with her execution and said there was still more work to be done.

"Overall the result is good," she told reporters, "but in the race I couldthat I made a lot of mistakes and I just have to go back to training and continue to work on these things," she said.

"You know how it is with sprinting, sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don't, but I am happy with the victory here, but I have a lot of work to do," Commonwealth Games conceded.

Campbell Brown missed a large chunk of the 2013 season and the chance to defend her IAAF Wold Championships 200m title in Moscow because of a drug suspension for which she was completely exonerated by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in March this year.

The suspension meant a gap of almost 14 months between her winning the 100m at the 2013 Jamaican International Invitational and Friday's second day of the Trials.

She was, however ,warmly welcomed back by a small crowd when she lined up for the semi-finals and said she enjoyed competing here.

"It is always great competing here," Campbell Brown said. "I have a lot of support here, this is home so it is always a pleasure to come out here and compete because I always know there are a lot of people who appreciate me. I have been doing it for a long time, for Vere Technical and I have followers from way back and I just want to continue to give them a good show," she ended.

National 100m men's and women's champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (centre) and Nickel Ashmeade pose with Sonia Davidson of Supreme Ventures Limited at the presentation podium at the Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Senior Championships at the National Stadium on Friday.




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