André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
She is just a few months away from being on the other side of 30, but Jamaican sprinting great Veronica Campbell-Brown says she remains extremely motivated and is already locked in to this year's IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Campbell-Brown, who turns 31 in May, won her first 200m gold medal at the last World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and has not won 100m gold since 2007 in Osaka.
However, with no indoor distraction this year and a bye for the 200m, the former Vere Technical star is looking to make up 2012's disappointments with a strong showing in Moscow.
The sprinter left the Olympics without an individual gold medal for the first time since 2004.
She won a 100m and a 4x100m silver medal.
However, she told The Gleaner she is determined to return to the top of the podium.
"I am absolutely still motivated and I want to thank all my fans for their support over the years, it means a lot to me and keeps me going," said Campbell-Brown, who went on to explain her reasons for skipping the upcoming indoor season.
"I decided to forego the indoor season this year, I just want to focus on training and get ready for the outdoor season. I do love Indoors and will definitely miss competing indoors, but I think it's what I want to do, I just want to take a break from it this year," said the back-to-back 60m World Indoor champion.
"I have already put 2012 behind me so I am just looking forward to 2013; it's already here and I am just looking ahead in confidence. I am thankful for everything I achieved in 2012 though," Campbell-Brown added. "It went relatively good, but as an athlete you always want to do more and as a competitor it's always hard to be totally satisfied."
Campbell-Brown, as defending 200m World champion, has been awarded automatic qualification for the event in Moscow, meaning she will not have to qualify from Jamaica's trials in June. It's a break she welcomes, as she looks forward to making the most of having to only focus on one event for the trials.
"Thankfully, I have qualified for the 200m already after getting the bye, so I will come to the trials and focus on the 100m so I can do the double. I cannot resist, I have to do both events and hopefully I can secure a spot in the 100m as well," said Campbell-Brown.
"I will just run the 100m (at trials) and sit and enjoy the 200m from the stands, that will feel very good," Campbell-Brown smiled.
Campbell-Brown has won six individual and three relay medals in four appearances at the IAAF World Championships.