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VCB ready to face trials

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Campbell-Brown

DOHA, Qatar:

Despite having 17 Olympic and World Championships medals to her name, Veronica Campbell-Brown knows it will be as difficult as ever to make Jamaica's team to this year's Rio Games when national trials roll around in June.

"Based on my experience, it is always tough to make my team," Campbell-Brown said. "Jamaica has a lot of great athletes. I expect it to be as tough as always."

Campbell-Brown, who will turn 34 on May 15, says she feels as fresh as ever and, therefore, is not ready to pronounce this as being her last Olympics despite the fact that she will be 38 in 2020 when the next track and field spectacle is slated for.

FEELING YOUNG

"Actually, I don't feel a day older. I feel as young and as fresh as ever," Campbell-Brown said. "So I will just train hard and stay focused as I feel good.

"I do not put limits on myself, and I am not closing any doors because I do not know what God has in store for me. So I will just take it season by season, and right now I am focused on the 2016 season."

The former Vere Technical High student, one of the greatest female sprinters of all time, is the first to admit that last season was not one of her best. She did recover, however, to take bronze in the 200m at the World Championships and helped Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m.

"I do expect things to be better and to move smoother than last year. Preparations have been going well. I am excited about the season."

Campbell-Brown, who has a personal best of 10.76 seconds in the 100m and 21.74 in the 200m, was unwilling to say how fast she is likely to go this season.

"You never know. I don't know. We will see," Campbell-Brown said when asked how fast she believed she would go this season. "I am just focusing on making the team to Rio and then go from there."

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com