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VCB, McLeod on track tomorrow

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Omar McLeod

Sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown will continue her preparation for the World Championships with races in two upcoming meets in Europe.

Campbell-Brown will touch the track over 100m at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Hungary tomorrow and in Switzerland on July 14 as she tunes up for the Worlds. These meets will mark her return to action since she ran at the Jamaican National Senior Championships last month.

World champion in the 100 metres in 2007, Campbell-Brown was third at the recent Nationals behind current World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and young prospect Natasha Morrison. The 33-year-old is jointly the third-fastest Jamaican in the 100m this season at 11.04 seconds, a time she shares with Remona Burchell, who is out with injuries.

She will continue her season in Switzerland with a race over 200 metres in Luzern on July 14. She will be hoping to build on a seasonal best of 22.68 and her third-place finish at the Nationals behind Elaine Thompson and Sherone Simpson.

The 2004 and 2008 Olympic 200m winner was World Champion in the same event in 2011.

In a recent prediction by the USA publication Track and Field News, Campbell-Brown was not mentioned as an individual World Championship medal winner. She has, however, sprinted her way to the podium in every World or Olympic championships she has attended. Last year, she topped the Diamond League standings in the 100m and took the silver at the Commonwealth Games. Track and Field News ranked her as the No. 1 100m runner in the world for 2014 after a campaign in which she clocked a season's best of 10.86 seconds and won in Beijing, at the Nationals, in Zurich, and at the Continental Cup.

In Budapest, Omar McLeod, the US Collegiate and Jamaican 110 metre hurdles champion, will make his professional debut. Among his rivals will be Olympic champion Aries Merritt of the USA. Merritt set a world record of 12.80 in 2012. McLeod ran a personal best of 12.97 to win the Nationals.