Veronica aims for double

Veronica Campbell-Brown is gearing up to defend her 100 metres title at the Athletics World Championships, but is hoping to go one better this time by winning the 200m as well.

With only a month to go until the start of the 2009 Athletics World Championships in Berlin on August 15, Campbell-Brown’s preparations are well under way, and include regular training sessions with American 100 and 200 metre world title holder Tyson Gay.

The Jamaican sprint star is also planning to set personal best times over the two distances.

She said: ‘I’ve always considered everybody as a competitor, as a contender because everybody, as long as you make the finals you have potential to win, anything can happen in the race.

‘So I try not to focus on any one individual, but I just make sure that I’m focused and keep my eyes on everybody in the field.’

Campbell-Brown looks capable, judging by current form. Along with Novlene Williams Mills and Isa Phillips they all recorded impressive victories at the Athens Grand Prix in Greece on Monday.

Campbell-Brown sped to a season best of 10.96 seconds to win the 100m defeating American champion Carmelita Jeter who was second in 11.02.

Compatriot Simone Facey finished fifth in 11.28.

Williams Mills also posted a season best 50.05secs to win the women’s 400m with fellow Jamaican Shereefa Llyod sixth in 51.60secs.

Phillips continued his impressive season, clocking 48.09secs to win the men’s 400m hurdles.


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