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Bio and Stats 2018-04-12T16:44:53+00:00

BIOGRAPHY

In athletic circles, the name Veronica Campbell Brown is synonymous with history. To be clear, not being a part of history but creating it! Born and raised in rural Jamaica in the parish of Trelawny, there was no family genes (but for a brief foray by her father Cecil Campbell who inherited the nickname “Honda” for his exploits), no cutting-edge equipment and or facilities serving as portent of the success to follow.  By sheer determination, natural talent and hard work, VCB parlayed her primary school promise into a scholarship to one of Jamaica’s venerable high school track programs, Vere Technical. Incidentally, Vere Technical is the only high school in the world to boast four alumni to run under 11.00 in the 100 meters. The four piloting Vere Technical to that position are Merlene Ottey (VCB’s self-proclaimed role model), Beverley McDonald, Simone Facey and of course VCB herself.

Whilst in high school, VCB in 1999 became the first female to win the World Youth Games 100 meter title; that win marked the first time a Jamaican was winning a global 100m title. In the very next year she won her first of seven Olympic Games medals courtesy of a relay silver medal at the Sydney Games. Interestingly, VCB became the youngest ever Jamaican female to win an Olympic medal!  More history was created that same year when in Santiago, Chile, VCB became the first female to win the 100m and 200m at the same World Junior Championships!

At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games VCB kept the history buffs busy as her medal haul of 100 meter (bronze), 200 meter (gold) and relay (gold) propelled her to the title of most successful Caribbean athlete ever at a single Olympic Games! Additionally, by virtue of winning the 200 meter, VCB became the first female from the Caribbean to win an Olympic sprint title!

Want more firsts? At the 2007 World Championships, VCB captured the 100m title and in the process became the first athlete (male or female) to win the full offering of International Association of Athlete Federation (IAAF) sprint titles available. She had won World Youth 100m (1999), IAAF World Junior (2000).

Want more history? That 2007 World Championship 100m gold medal made her the first Jamaican to win a senior global 100m title!

Want more history? At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, VCB became only the second woman in Olympic Games history to successfully defend her 200m title. Barbel Wockel of Germany in 1976 and 1980 had previously turned the trick.  In 2009 more history was created by this athletic giant when she became the first female track athlete to be named UNESCO Champion for Sport.

2010 evidenced her first foray at the global indoor level and she duly obliged climbing to the top of the podium at the Doha staging of the World Indoor Championships. Her (7.00) triumph signaled a personal best at 60m. Outdoors she was unblemished at 200m and finished the season with world leading times in both the 100m and 200m.

With 2011 came the World Outdoor Championship and another first for VCB.  The bemedaled Jamaican finally secured the 200m crown the only individual sprint gold outside of her possession at the World Championship prior to her (22.22) performance. Additionally, she pocketed silver medals in the 100m and 4x100m relays. Earlier in the season a 100m personal best of (10.76) added to the radiance of her outstanding season.

Displaying the ability to juggle academics and athletics with equal ease, VCB secured her Bachelor of Science degree in 2006 from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. An avid bowler, the daughter of Cecil Campbell and Pamella Bailey  and now wife of 2006 Commonwealth Games 200 meter Champion Omar Brown, VCB has come a long way from Trelawny and intends to continue creating history!

PERSONAL STATS

Born: May 15th, 1982
Birth Place: Trelawny, Jamaica
Residence: Florida
College: University of Arkansas (Fayettevile); Marketing degree, 06
Events: 100m, 200m, 60m
Personal Best Times:
100m: 10.76s (2011 Ostrava)
100 yards, World Best: 9.91 (2011 Ostrava)
200m: 21.74s (2008 Olympic Games, Beijing)
60m: 7:00s (2010 World Indoor Championships, Doha)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2017

The Jamaica Gleaner Iconic Awardee.

S.B. 10.84s, 22.60s.

2016

SILVER 4x100m Olympic Games, Rio.
Special Envoy of Jamaica Appointment.
COJO Humanitarian Awardee.
Hall of Fame Inductee, State of Arkansas Track & Field HOF.

S.B. 10.83s, 22.29s

2015

SILVER 4x100m Olympic Games, Rio.
Special Envoy of Jamaica Appointment.
COJO Humanitarian Awardee.
Hall of Fame Inductee, State of Arkansas Track & Field HOF.

S.B. 10.83s, 22.29s

2014

GOLD 100m Continental Cup, Marrakech.
GOLD 4x100m Continental Cup, Marrakech.
GOLD 4x100m Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
SILVER 100m Commonwealth Games, Glasgow..
Diamond League 100m Champion.
Ranked #1 in the world at 100m, Track & Field News.

S.B. 10.86s, 22.40w

2012

GOLD 60m World Indoor Championships, Istanbul.
SILVER 4x100m relay Olympic Games, London.
BRONZE 100m Olympic Games, London.
Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence Recipient.

S.B. 10.81s, 22.32s

2011

GOLD 200m IAAF World Championships, Daegu.
SILVER 100m IAAF World Championships, Daegu.
SILVER 4x100m IAAF World Championships, Daegu.
Jamaica National Champion 100m & 200m.
Jamaica’s Sportswoman of the Year.

S.B. 10.76s, 22.22s

2010

GOLD 60m World Indoor Championships, Doha.
World Leader at 100m & 200m.
Jamaica’s Sportswoman of the Year.

S.B. 10.78s, 21.98s

2009

SILVER 200m World Championships, Berlin.
Jamaica National Champion, 200m.
Appointed UNESCO Champion for Sport Ambassador (gender equality).
Hall of Fame Inductee, University of Arkansas.

S.B. 10.89s, 22.35s

2008

GOLD 200m Olympic Games, Beijing.
Jamaica National Champion, 200m.
Jamaica’s Sportswoman of the Year.

S.B. 10.87s, 21.74s

2007

GOLD 100m IAAF World Championships, Osaka.
SILVER 200m IAAF World Championships, Osaka.
SILVER 4x100m IAAF World Championships, Osaka.
Jamaica National Champion 100m & 200m.
Ranked #1 in the world at 100m, Track & Field News.
Ranked #2 in the world at 200m, Track & Field News.
Jamaica’s Sportswoman of the Year.

S.B. 10.89s, 22.34s

2006

SILVER 200m Commonwealth Games, Melbourne.

S.B. 10.99s, 22.35s

2005

GOLD 100m IAAF World Athletics Final, Monaco.
SILVER 200m IAAF World Athletics Final, Monaco.
SILVER 100m IAAF World Championships, Helsinki.
SILVER 4x100m IAAF World Championships, Helsinki.
Ranked #1 in the world 100m, Track & Field News.
Jamaica National Champion 100m & 200m.
Hall of Fame Inductee, Barton County Community College.

S.B. 10.85s, 22.35s

2004

GOLD 200m Olympic Games, Athens.
GOLD 4x100m Olympic Games, Athens.
GOLD 100m IAAF World Athletics Final, Monaco.
GOLD 200m IAAF World Athletics Final, Monaco.
BRONZE 100m Olympic Games, Athens.
Jamaica National Champion 100m & 200m.
NCAA Indoor Champion, 200m.
Ranked #1 in the world in 200m, Track & Field News.
Jamaica’s Sportswoman of the Year.

S.B. 10.91s, 22.05s

2002

SILVER 100m Commonwealth Games, Manchester.

S.B. 11.00s, 22.39s

2001

GOLD 100m Carifta Games (Junior), Bridgetown.
GOLD 200m Carifta Games (Junior), Bridgetown.
GOLD 4x100m Carifta Games (Junior), Bridgetown.

S.B. 11.13s, 22.92s

2000

GOLD 100m IAAF World Junior Championships, Santiago.
GOLD 200m IAAF World Junior Championships, Santiago.
SILVER 4x100m IAAF World Junior Championships, Santiago.
GOLD 200m Carifta Games (Junior), St. George’s.
GOLD 4x100m Carifta Games (Junior), St. George’s.
GOLD 100m CAC Junior Championships, San Juan.
GOLD 4x100m CAC Junior Championships, San Juan.
SILVER 4x100m Olympic Games, Sydney.
SILVER 100m Carifta Games (Junior), St. George’s.

S.B. 11.12s, 22.87s

1999

GOLD 100m IAAF World Youth Championships, Bydgoszcz.
GOLD 4x100m IAAF World Youth Championships, Bydgoszcz.
BRONZE 200m Carifta Games (Junior), Fort-de-France.

S.B. 11.49s, 23.73s

1998

GOLD 100m CAC Youth Championships, George Town.
GOLD 4x100m CAC Youth Championships, George Town.
17th 100m (12.04s) World Junior Championships, Annecy France.