Veronica Campbell-Brown, leaves her shine on and off the running tracks

in #jahm4 years ago

Veronica Campbell-was born in a very poor family in the city of Trelawny, where they are also other great figures of world athletics as have been Olympic Usain Bolt, the American athlete Sanya Richards-Ross and the Canadian Ben Johnson.

Her life as a child was marked by extreme poverty where her parents, who were farmers, struggled to feed and educate their ten children.


Her talent was discovered by one of her physical education teachers by observing how she won all competitions, even competing with boys.

Already in elementary school his teachers stressed that he owned a great talent and recommended that he go to the high school known as the Factory of Sprinters, Camperdown High School.

There she realized that with work and effort she would obtain great results, without imagining what life would have planned for her life.

Later he would obtain scholarships to go to study at the University of Kansas in the United States.


Its excellent conditions made it possible in 1998 to compete in a U-18 world championship with only 16 years

Already in the year 2000 at the Sydney Olympics the silver medal was raised with the Jamaica team of the 4x100 relay, with only 18 years of age, which would be the starting point of his successful career as a sprinter.

In the Olympic games of Athens he manages to keep the gold medal in the test of the 200 flat meters and in the 4x100 relay with the team of Jamaica and the bronze medal in the test of 100 flat meters.

Four years later he would repeat the victory in the 200 meters, but unfortunately in the 4x100 relay test they were disqualified by the fall of the testimony in one of the passes.


In the London Olympics of 2012 he manages to keep the 4th place in the 200 meters test, which in theory is his best test and getting the silver medals with the Jamaica team of the 4x100 relay and the bronze medal in the test of 100 meters.

In his extensive career he has achieved extraordinary marks both in the 100 and 200 meters flat tests and very good performances as a member of the 4x100 relay, defeating the American team several times.


Years later Campbell-Brown began collaborating in a foundation that seeks to promote the development of poor girls in Jamaica through the practice of sport. She feels grateful and wants to give back just a little what life has given her.

Veronica Campbell-Brown, a star on the tracks of world athletics, who not only knows how to shine on a track, but also in life.

She owns an incredible talent, a charisma, dedication and tenacity as rarely seen in an athlete.

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10 siblings and living in poverty and now she is on top of the world. Pressure makes diamonds. Good write up!

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Nice one. Goes to show that difficult upbringings do not define or constrain ones ability to chase bigger dreams that people may have thought were unattainable.

Sports is definitely an important aspect of Jamaican culture. Thanks for bringing this for us to enjoy.


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