VCB motivated more than ever
Europe lead race for Continental honours
MARRAKECH, Morocco:After a disrupted season due to a much-publicised doping violation hearing, highly decorated Jamaican sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown, says she is more motivated than ever, after closing the curtain on her season with a 100-metre victory at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech yesterday.
Campbell-Brown, who was cleared of all charges in March this year - after being provisionally suspended from competition since May 2013 - was one of two Jamaican individual winners at the continent versus continent championships, powering the Americas team to 191 points heading into today's final day of competition.
Europe lead on 222.5 points, with Americas - the defending champions - staying close in second ahead of Africa (164) and Asia/Pacific (137.5).
Seven-time Olympic and nine-time World Championships medallist Campbell-Brown had no one for company in the short sprint, as she stormed out of the blocks to win in 11.08 seconds ahead of Americas teammate, Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye, 11.25, and the Netherlands' Dafne Schippers, 11.26, representing Team Europe.
"The bottom line is that in life we will all face obstacles and obstacles are not supposed to get us down, they are meant to push us on and make us more motivated and that's what I am," Campbell-Brown told The Sunday Gleaner, in reference to her comeback.
"I am more motivated to continue to push towards maximising my potential in the sport," added the Commonwealth Games 100m silver medallist and Diamond Race winner.
"I'm very happy for the result here tonight; a victory is a victory. I'm not going to dwell on the time, it's a long season and I'm just happy that I finished healthy," Campbell-Brown said.
"This year has helped a lot for next season. I look at this as a rebuilding year for 2015, but my biggest wish is that I can stay healthy, get all my training sessions done and my races and then I will be in a good position to have a successful performance at trials, because that's the biggest hurdle - to try and make the Jamaican team," Campbell-Brown added.
Jamaica's other winner on the day was 400-metre hurdles Diamond Race winner, Kaliese Spencer, who was just as convincing in taking her pet event, in 53.81, hers and the world's third fastest time this season; with Europe's Eilidh Child (Great Britain), 54.42 and Asia/Pacific's Adekoya Oluwakemi (Bahrain), 54.70, taking second and third, respectively.
There were second-place finishes for Novlene Williams-Mills in the 400m and O'Dayne Richards in the shot put, while Kimberly Williams finished fourth in the triple jump.
Williams-Mills, 50.08, the Diamond Race winner, was outpowered this time by her Americas teammate, Francena McCorory (United States), 49.94, with Europe's Libania Grenot (Italy), 50.60, taking third.
Richards, still beaming from his Commonwealth Games gold medal, continues to show he belongs with the best of them in the shot put, with his third throw north of 21 metres this season. His 21.10-metre mark on his second attempt gave him second behind Europe's David Storl (Germany) 21.55m. Fellow Americas team member, Joe Kovacs (USA), was third with 22.03m.
Team Americas won the women's triple jump through World champion Caterine Ibarguen (Colombia), with 14.52m. Jamaica's Williams missed out on the top three with a 13.93m mark. The European pair of Ekaterina Koneva (Russia), 14.27m and Olga Saladukha (Ukraine), 14.26m, were second and third, respectively.
Nesta Carter, running the third leg, helped the Americas to a 37.97 win in the men's 4x100 metres over Europe, 38.62 and Africa, 39.10. The Americas team was completed by Kim Collins, Mike Rodgers and Richard Thompson.
In the women's sprint relay, Campbell-Brown took the stick from fellow Jamaican Samantha Henry-Robinson to anchor Team Americas, 42.44, to victory over Europe, 42.98 and Asia/Pacific, 45.40.
Rasheed Dwyer will today feature in the men's 200m at 7:45 p.m. (1:45 p.m.), while Jason Morgan will compete in the discus event at 6:50 p.m. (12:50 p.m.).
Novlene Williams-Mills, Christine Day and Stephenie-Ann McPherson will form the core of Team Americas' women's 4x400m relay team, with that event set for 8:40 p.m. (2:40 p.m.).