Veronica Campbell Brown was born on 15 May 1982. She is a track and field sprint athlete, competing internationally for Jamaica. A five time Olympic medalist, she is the reigning World and Olympic 200 meters champion. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she ran the 200 m in 21.74 seconds the fastest time in a decade and became the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200 m events, after Barbel Wockel of Germany did so at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. Brown is ranked the second fastest Jamaican woman over 60 meters after Merlene Ottey, fourth fastest over 100 meters after Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Ottey and Kerron Stewart and third fastest over 200 meters. Campbell was born to Cecil Campbell and Perlene Jack in Trelawny, Jamaica on 15 May 1982. She has nine brothers and sisters and attended Vere Technical High School in Clarendon before pursuing higher education in the United States.
In 1999, she won two gold medals the 100 m and 4 × 100 meters relay at the inaugural IAAF World Youth Championships. The following year, she became the first female to win the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior Championships. She took the 100 m in 11.12 s and the 200 m in 22.87 s. At the 2000 Olympic Games, she ran the second leg on the silver medal winning 4 × 100 m relay team.
Campbell Brown ran at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 4×100 m relay along with Tayna Lawrence, Beverly McDonald, Merlene Frazer and sprint veteran and Olympic legend, Merlene Ottey. They finished second in the finals in a time of 42.13, behind neighbors, Bahamas which gave 18 year old Campbell Brown her first Olympic medal. At the 2004 Olympics, Campbell first placed third in the 100 m and two days later won the 200 m, beating out Allyson Felix of the United States. She later teamed up with Aleen Bailey, Tayna Lawrence, and Sherone Simpson to win the 4 × 100 m relay race. In August 2005, Campbell won the silver medal in the 100 m at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics as well as another silver medal in the 4 × 100 m relay. At the 2007 World Championships, Campbell won three medals with a gold medal in the 100 m, a silver medal in the 200 m second to Felix and a silver medal in the 4 × 100 m relay.
At the 2008 Jamaican Olympic trials, she finished fourth in the 100 m, thereby missing the qualifying requirement to automatically make the Jamaican Olympic roster for that event. She clocked 10.88 s in the final, which is the second fastest time ever for a fourth place finish. She however bounced back to take the 200 m final in a personal best of 21.94 s. Failing to qualify for the 100 m, she only competed in the 200 m and the 4 × 100 m relay at the Olympic Games. At the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, Veronica Campbell-Brown carried the Jamaican flag during the Athletes' Parade. She successfully defended her Olympic 200 m title in a new personal best time of 21.74 s. She competed at the 4 × 100 m relay together with Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sheri-Ann Brooks and Aleen Bailey. In the first round heats, Jamaica placed first in front of Russia, Germany and China. The Jamaican teams' time of 42.24 s was the first time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result, Jamaica qualified for the final, replacing Brooks and Bailey with Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart. Jamaica did not finish the race due to a mistake in the baton exchange.
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