VCB gunning for first CWG gold, record
In 2002, a then 20-year-old Veronica Campbell-Brown finished second behind Bahamian superstar Debbie Ferguson, as she raced to a 10.91 seconds win in the women's 100m final at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.
Campbell-Brown took the silver medal in 11.00, losing to what was the fifth-fastest time by a woman that year, and remains today, the fastest time ever recorded at the Commonwealth Games.
Today, the Jamaican, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, will be looking to get one over on her longtime friend and rival, when she first lines up in the women's 100m semi-finals at 7:10 p.m. (1:10 p.m. Jamaica time) inside Hampden Park, with the aim of not only making the final at 9:35 p.m. (3:35 p.m.), but also winning what would be her first Commonwealth Games gold medal and breaking Ferguson's 10.91 seconds Games Record.
"I think it is one of the best field of female sprinters in a long time at the Commonwealth Games. I was actually in that race when Debbie-Ann Ferguson ran that 10.91, I came second in 11.00, so yes, I was in that race. Debbie is a sweetheart, and I know she won't be upset if it (record) goes tomorrow," Campbell-Brown told The Gleaner.
Campbell-Brown, who won her heat yesterday in 11.29, is one of three Jamaicans through to today's semi-finals.
"It is always a delight to finish healthy, and it was great to run in front of so many people. It was great to see so many people out," Campbell-Brown added. "It feels good, I love to compete, and I love championships, and it's really great to be here, and great to be representing Jamaica, and I hope that all of us will do well to make all the Jamaicans around the world proud."
Another Jamaican who will be looking to medal here is Schillonie Calvert.
Calvert, who was celebrating a birthday yesterday, was also impressive, winning her heat in 11.29 seconds, and though she didn't have any special plans for her birthday celebrations, the 26-year-old Glen Mills-coached sprinter is looking forward to today's races.
"I'm in good condition. I am ok where I am at coming into the championships. My coach is pleased; he's the one doing all the work behind the scenes and knows what I am capable of. Once he says I am in good condition, then I am expecting to do well," Calvert said. "This is definitely an opportunity to get on the podium, and that's my aim."