By Gary Smith, World-Track
ORLANDO, Fla. —
Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has confirmed reports that she has parted company with long-time coach Lance Brauman, the man who guided her to back-to-back Olympic Games 200 metres gold medals.
Reports of the pair’s separation has been floating in the media for several days now, but neither parties were willing to confirmed or deny the rumors.
However, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Campbell-Brown confirmed the news, stating that she felt it was time for a change.
“It has been a great run with coach Brauman over the last six years, but I feel it’s time for a change,” Campbell-Brown said in the paper during an interview from Atlanta, USA on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, any hopes of her returning home to work with sprint coach gurus Stephen Francis or Glen Mills faded, as she revealed that both her and husband Omar would now be working with Atlanta based-coach Anthony Carpenter.
“Coach Brauman has done a good job getting me two individual Olympic Gold medals, but the time has come to move on. I felt the need for a change,” she said.
The 27-year-old sprinter who won Olympic half-lap crowns in 2004 at the Athens Games and at the Beijing Games in 2008, won a silver medal in that event at this year’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin behind American Allyson Felix.
The former world junior sprint double champion, who also won multiple honours during her collegiate career at Barton County and Arkansas, said she is looking forward to the change.
“I’m looking forward to continued success at the international level as I work with Coach Carpenter,” she said.
On Tuesday Campbell-Brown was officially named UNESCO’s Champion for Sport Ambassador with a special mission of promoting gender equality.
She is currently rehabilitating from toe problems, but is hoping for a productive 2010 season.