André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Defending IAAF World Indoor Championships 60m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown is feeling fast - very fast, sub-seven seconds fast perhaps.
With the likes of Americans Tianna Madison, the world leader in the event, and Barbara Pierre, along with fastest qualifier Gloria Asumnu and LaVerne Jones-Ferrette all gunning for the title she won in Doha two years ago, the Jamaican believes it will take a special time to win.
It's interesting to note that all four have also gone faster than Campbell-Brown's season best, 7.08, this year with Madison's 7.02 setting the pace so far.
Campbell-Brown posted 7.29 en route to winning her heat, making her the slowest qualifier among the top contenders here in Istanbul, Turkey. However, the Jamaican has shown that she can deliver when it matters, winning the event last year in a personal-best 7.00.
Expecting fast race
"It will take something fast to win here," Campbell-Brown told The Sunday Gleaner shortly after stepping off the track. "I am thinking maybe sub-seven (seconds)."
"I have worked hard and trained hard, but I know that I will have to put my race together. There cannot be any mistakes (if I am to go below seven seconds), so I am just focusing on executing each round," Campbell-Brown added.
A big part of getting her race right hangs on whether or not she can better the 0.274 reaction time she registered in the heats yesterday, but of course, she knows that better than most.
"The start is the most important part of the 60m. If someone gets away, it's hard to make up that ground because the race is so short," Campbell-Brown stated, in a tone that made it seem more of a reminder to herself than a message to the media.
"I have not got a chance to watch the race, but the objective was to come out here and try to put my race together because it will take really good execution in the final and semi-finals," Campbell-Brown added. "It's so competitive and all these ladies are running so well, so it will come down to the one who executes best."
There has been much discussion around the sound issues at the 60m start line that has affected several athletes throughout the championships.
Campbell-Brown is not making any excuses, preferring instead to try and do her best in the conditions.
"The conditions aren't great, but it makes no sense to complain. I just have to work with what I have and stay focused on what I am here to do, and that is to perform at my best. I am happy to have advanced to the semi-finals. It's an objective I achieved and I am grateful."
The semi-finals are scheduled for 7:15 a.m. with the finals running off at 10.05 a.m.