One of Islandista’s favourite sprinters – the lionhearted Veronica Campbell-Brown, sizzled in the Prefontaine Classic this weekend – in the 100 meters.
Though she’s no slouch at the shortest distance, over the last few years, VCB has become better known for her 200 m ability than her 100 m running, as she won back to back Olympic golds in the 200. Not to mention that she did not even make the Jamaican women’s team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics after a (then) shock fourth place finish in the trials.
We all know what happened from then – little Shelly-Ann Fraser seized her chance and ran and ran with it, nabbing 100m gold in the 2008 Olympics and 2009 World Champs and even eclipsing Jamaica’s sprint queen VCB.
No wonder then, that VCB’s victory today was so sweet for her – not only was it a world-leader for this year – 10.78 seconds but it was also her personal best, bettering the 10.85 she set five years ago. Oh and she beat two of the hottest chicks in the game while she was at it – Shelly-Ann herself and American Carmelita Jeter.
The usually stoic Ver was hugely emotional about her victory, saying:
“I am so excited. I have been waiting five-years for this day to faster than 10.85 and the day has finally come. I am so overwhelmed with joy right now.”
Congrats to Queen VCB!