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No Rio double disappoints VCB

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown has admitted to being disappointed that she will not be doubling at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, next month.

The 33-year-old, who will be representing Jamaica at a fifth Olympics, failed to qualify for the 100m after finishing fourth at Jamaica's senior trials. She will, however, form part of the country's women's 4X100m team and also line up in the 200m.

"It is human nature to be disappointed when you have your eyes set on something and you don't actually get exactly what you wanted," Campbell-Brown said. "But at the end of the day, I believe that all things will work out for my good, and I am very happy to be representing Jamaica for the fifth time at the Olympic Games."

The 2007 World Championships 100m gold medallist did not want to go into details but indicated that all was not well during the national trials.

"I had some setbacks in Jamaica and I underperformed, but I don't want to get into as if I am looking for an excuse," Campbell-Brown said. "But thank God that I got a spot in the 200m, and I will be running 4x100m with the other ladies, and I am very pleased with that."

Campbell-Brown does not think competing in only one individual event improves her chances of medalling as she has got used to doing the sprint double.




"I have been doubling over the years and I don't have a problem with doubling, so if I had to do more than two events (4x100m and 200m), I would be fine with it. Two events are also fine," Campbell-Brown said. "My chance of medalling does not change based on how many events I have to do because I am well prepared. I have trained hard and I have a good background."

Campbell-Brown, who has two Olympics gold medals to her name in the half-lap event, will have to get by reigning world and European champion Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands, but she is not daunted by this challenge.

"I am a competitor by nature and I give it my all, and I will be mentally and physically ready to compete in Rio," Campbell-Brown said."I will not be underestimating any of my competitors, but at the same time, I will not be focusing on any particular competitor. I will be focusing on myself and how I have to strategise and what I have to do to do my best in the 200m.

"The objective is to make sure I maximise each round and do my best and represent Jamaica well as I always try to do."

Campbell-Brown, 11.12, finished second in the 100m to Schippers, 10.94, at yesterday's Diamond League here.