Thursday, August 21, 2008
Veronica keeps Jamaica on top
Veronica Campbell-Brown celebates after winning the women's 200m yesterday. AFP
Updated: 2008-08-22 06:50
Veronica Campbell-Brown continued Jamaica's domination of the Olympic sprint events by retaining her 200m title last night.
The 25-year-old's comfortable victory means Jamaica has won four golds, a silver and two bronzes in both the men's and women's 100m and 200m events, in a battle for supremacy with the much-vaunted US track team.
The Jamaican, who won 100m gold and 200m silver at last year's World Championships in Osaka, clocked a personal best of 21.74 sec to finish ahead of American Allyson Felix (21.93 sec).
Jamaican Kerron Stewart pipped American Muna Lee at the line in 22 sec for bronze.
"I am very happy," said Campbell-Brown. "It's great to come out and defend my gold medal. It's been great to see Jamaica get a clean sweep of the sprints. Now I have to concentrate on the relays."
Campbell-Brown bolted out of her blocks and immediately gained on Felix. She powered through the first 50m and had the psychological nudge on Felix coming around the bend. She was 2m clear of the field, with Stewart neck-and-neck with Felix for second spot.
But no one could catch Campbell-Brown whose fluid style saw her coast through to the finish line.