ROOTS FM NEWS: Decorated Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has announced her retirement from track and field.
“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,” said Campbell-Brown in a statement.
Campbell-Brown is Jamaica’s most successful female sprinter of all time, winning 43 medals in her country’s colours.
She is an eight-time Olympic medalist and the second woman in history, behind Bärbel Wöckel of Germany (1976 and 1980 Olympics), to win two consecutive Olympic 200m events in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
She also helped Jamaica to four Olympic Games medals, gold in Athens 2004 and silver in Sydney 2000, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
VCB also won 100m Olympic bronze in the 100m in Athens 2004 and London 2012.
At the World Championships level, Campbell-Brown won 100m in Osaka 2007, 200m in Daegu 2011 and 4x100m in Beijing 2015.
She won 11 World Championships medals, including seven silver in 100, 200m and 4x100m.
She has five medals at the Commonwealth Games, two World Indoors 60m gold medals and two World Relays (gold and silver).
At the Junior level, Campbell-Brown won the World Junior sprint double in Santiago 2000. She also has six Carifta Games gold and four at the CAC Championships.
She was also Bydgoszcz 1999 World Youth Championships 100m and 4x100m champion.
The former Vere Technical student has personal best times of 10.76 (100m) and 21.74 (200m).
Campbell-Brown full statement:
“Through the grace of God, I have climbed from a small town in Trelawny, Jamaica up the ladder of success to become one of the most decorated women in the Olympic Games and World Championships history.
All glory to the Lord for my successes, He blessed me with the talent, the will to stay focused and the requisite work ethics. Additionally, He placed authentic and supportive people in my life who served as pillars of strength as I maneuvered the highs and lows which littered my athletic career.
As I climbed, I passed the rung of hurt, that of injuries and rejection not to mention tears, however, they never quenched my aspiration to grasp the fruits of success and satisfaction. For that I must venture to say that I am proud and grateful.
I want to thank the persons and companies who contributed to my successes: my family, especially my husband @omarobrown who in the latter years served as my coach, I must mention friends, fans, supporters, sponsors, coaches and my agent @ontrackmgnt, I could not have done it without your help and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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.
The journey of parenting, entrepreneurship @vcbfit, philanthropist @vcb_foundation and motivational speaker continues.
I look forward to what God have for me in this new chapter. Love and light. – VCB