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ATHLETICS: Veronica Campbell-Brown 'grateful' to be back

Published:Saturday | March 8, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Decorated Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown admitted to feeling a little rusty after making her return to the track, but is, however, grateful to have resumed her career, after qualifying to the 60m semi-finals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships this morning.

Campbell-Brown was far from her best – understandable, since she had not run a competitive 60 race since March 2012 and had not competed at all since June 1, 2013 after testing positive for a banned substance; posting 7.22, which was good enough for third place and a spot in the next round.

The 31-year-old, who was recently cleared to resume her career by the Court of Arbitration for Sports, which upheld her appeal against a two-year IAAF ban, said she was happy to be back on the track and that she is looking to continue her campaign to reclaim the World Indoor 60m title – a crown she has held at the last two championships.

“I was born to run track and field,” said Campbell-Brown shortly after her heat. “I am grateful to be back.”

“I am looking forward to the next round and the semi-finals tomorrow,” Campbell-Brown added.

Campbell-Brown has a personal best of 7.00 seconds in the 60m and will line up in the semis tomorrow after finishing behind USA’s Tianna Bartoletta, 7.13, and Norway’s Ezinne Okparaebo, 7.19.

She will be joined in the semis by fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won her heat this morning in a time of 7.13 seconds.



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