Wed | Aug 16, 2017

VCB ready to move forward

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 8:00 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:

"I've been through worse in my life, so this is not such a crazy hurdle to get over. It's a position I've never been in before, and sometimes you don't get your desires, but I've learnt to move on from things I can't understand or when I don't get my desire."

After 16 years of representing Jamaica at the highest level, Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB) found herself in a position that she has never experienced - a first-round exit.

The two-time Olympic 200m champion finished third in her heat and outside a qualifying spot after a time of 22.97, her worst clocking since June 2015.

"I've learnt to give thanks in all things, and so I have to move on and look forward to what is next," said Campbell-Brown. "I'm not going to get into what happened because I can't change it, I just have to move on.

"I'm here. I have one more event, the 4x100m, so I'm going to go out there with my teammates and do our best and then look forward to the rest of the season. It was a terrible execution, that's all I can say at this time, to be honest," she added.

Campbell-Brown, who first competed at the Olympics in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, added that she is not certain whether or not she will try to qualify for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

"I don't know. I will have to wait and see. I take it one season at a time, so I will see.

GIVING THE BEST

"God has been good. He has carried me a long way, and even in what I have accomplished, I've had ups and downs, mishaps, but I can look back and say I have always given my best," said Campbell-Brown. "The last couple years have been tough and I've been making mistakes I've never made earlier in my career, but I will move forward."

The most glaring mistake yesterday was the running out of her lane coming off the curve, a repeat of what took place at the World Championships in Beijing last year.

Campbell-Brown, who is the female captain of Jamaica's team here, nonetheless took time to praise new Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson, bronze medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and finalist Christania Williams.

"Elaine (Thompson) was amazing. She ran an excellent race and I'm very pleased and happy for her. I'm also very happy for Shelly-Ann (Fraser-Pryce) and Christania (Williams) and all the other ladies that competed, it was a very good race," Campbell-Brown said.

"Jamaica is the sprint factory and we're pleased that we have been dominating the sprints, and I hope we can keep that going for a long time."

- A.L.