By Mellissa Henry, World-Track
BARCELONA — World 100-metres champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has set her sights on winning the sprint double at next month’s World Championships in Berlin.
"I want to win Gold and Gold in Berlin, that is my main objective," the Jamaican told reporters on Thursday. "I know I can do it in both, the 100 and 200 meters races. I feel really good about it."
After skipping her last competition in Rethymno last week to recover fully from a hamstring cramp she suffered when winning the 100-metres at the Grand Prix Tsiklitiria, the Jamaican will now race in the 200m at the 15th Míting Ciutat de Barcelona EAA meeting on Saturday.
Campbell-Brown hammered a strong field to win the event in a meeting record of 21.98 seconds last year and she wants to prove that she is ready to race again this term.
"I want to show the whole world that I am in good shape," she said, adding that the injury she sustained is now gone.
The half-lap will be Campbell-Brown’s first in Europe this season. Her year fastest time is 22.40 seconds, the fourth quickest of the year behind Bahamian veteran Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie’s 22.32.
A strong performance from the Jamaican here in Barcelona would send a strong warning to her rivals that her Beijing 21.74 seconds was no flute.
The women’s 200m in Berlin is already shaping up to be a real humdinger with the 26-year-old Olympic champion and American reigning world champion Allyson Felix leading the pack.
But she believes that Jamaica has three of the four best sprinters in her event.
"In my competition, in the 200 meters, three out of four best athletes will be Jamaican."
"We have had good athletes over many years in Jamaica. We start to work on our career very early because of our great High School system which makes us compete regularly yet at young age.
She added: "although Usain Bolt is the best athlete at the moment – which he will prove in Berlin – other Jamaican runners are in great shape and ready for the breakthrough."