Two-time Olympic champion Campbell Brown retires
Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has announced her retirement from competitive athletics. Veronica is a winner of eight Olympic medals and five world titles.
The 39-year-old’s international career has spanned more than two decades, during which time she competed at five Olympic Games. She is the only track and field athlete in history to win medals at five successive Olympics.
She earned her first major medals at the 1999 World U18 Championships in Bydgoszcz, where she won the 100m and 4x100m. Just one year later, aged 18, she made her Olympic debut in Sydney as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m team and came away with a silver medal. Just a few weeks later, she won the sprint double at the World U20 Championships in Santiago de Chile.
Campbell-Brown retires with a collection of eight Olympic medals, three of them gold, and 13 World Championship medals, including five gold. Her PBs of 10.76 for 100m and 21.74 for 200m rank her 11th on the world all-time lists for both events. She has broken 11 seconds for 100m on 49 occasions – a tally beaten only by sprint legends Fraser-Pryce and Merlene Ottey.
After announcing her retirement, Veronica said, “I want to thank everyone who contributed to my successes: my family, especially my husband Omar Brown, who in the latter years served as my coach. I must mention friends, fans, supporters, sponsors, coaches and my agent Claude Bryan.
“As I take off my spikes never to put them on again, this girl from Clarks Town walks away happy and contented with a race well run.”