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Stay focused, Elaine - VCB - Veteran sprinter offers advice; says she is as determined as ever

Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 9:00 AMAndre Lowe

ZURICH, Switzerland:

At the back-end of one of her toughest seasons, veteran Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown says she is still motivated and remains hungry for more success, while offering a few words of advice to Jamaica's newest sprinting star, Elaine Thompson.

The two will meet in the 200m at today's Weltklasse 2016 Zurich Diamond League meet at the Letzigrund Stadium in Switzerland.

While reflecting on her own season, Campbell-Brown encouraged the young Jamaican, who won double sprint gold at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, to stay focused on her goals.

Campbell-Brown, who first represented Jamaica at the senior international level at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, where she won silver as a member of Jamaica's 4x100m relay team as an 18-year-old, knows all about the demands of international stardom.

She would return to the Olympics four years later in Athens to win the first of her two Olympic gold medals in the 200m, which followed a bronze in the 100m.

Thompson became the first woman in 28 years to win 100m and 200m gold at the Olympics, and with personal best times of 10.70 and 21.66 in the 100m and 200m, is already considered one of the best ever after just two seasons at the international level.

"She (Thompson) is in good hands. She just has to stay focused, stay humble, stay hungry, and keep working hard and see what God has in store for her," Campbell-Brown said yesterday.

Campbell-Brown will face Thompson, Dafne Schippers, and Allyson Felix in a high-profile clash at today's meet as she looks to shake off a disappointing Olympic Games, where she failed to make it past the first round in the 200m.

 

ALWAYS LEARNING

 

"We are always learning. You never stop learning unless you are no longer existing, and my setbacks always motivate me," said Campbell-Brown. "I have had a lot of struggles this season, but I really don't like to put my struggles out there.

"I just keep focusing on working hard. I am still passionate about the sport, and that's the most important thing. I still feel strong and I still feel fast and as young as ever, and so I am excited to see what God has in store for me over the next couple seasons," added Campbell-Brown.

The sprinter, who has competed on numerous occasions in Zurich, is looking forward to what will be her first 200m here.

"I know the track is fast, and so with the eight of us in the race, I know it will be good and I am looking forward to it, and I hope that everyone will finish the race healthy," Campbell-Brown said.

She was a member of Jamaica's silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the Olympic Games.

Campbell-Brown has won three of her eight 200m races this season and arrived in Zurich with a season best of 22.29, which she ran twice this year.