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Campbell-Brown not underrating in Berlin

By Mellissa Henry World-Track

Reigning World 100-metres champion Veronica Campbell-Brown will not be taking anyone lightly at the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

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cambellbrownThe Jamaican two-time Olympic 200m gold medallist plans to race in both the 100m and 200m in Berlin where is hoping to win gold in both competitions.

But with the way her main challengers, Kerron Stewart, Shelly Ann Fraser and Carmelita Jeter have been performing this season, Campbell-Brown admits there will be no one without due consideration once they reach the finals.

"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," the Jamaican sprinter said.

"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."

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Running in only her third 100-metres of the season and her first overseas, Campbell-Brown clocked a season’s best of 10.96seconds to win at the IAAF Athens Grand Prix meeting on Monday.

The time moved her up as the fifth fastest performer this season with Jeter, who was over powered by the Jamaican in Athens Monday.

Jamaica’s Olympic silver medallist Stewart, who blasted to 10.75sec in Rome, last week, is the top female 100m runner this year.

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Olympic champion Fraser also looked good when running 10.88 in a headwind to win the Jamaica trials.

Campbell-Brown’s main challenge in the 200m will come from the defending champion Allyson Felix of USA.

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for World-Track.org. He has over 10 years of running experience, as well as eight-years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, Cayman Net News, AFP and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of SportingAlert.com and TrackAlerts.com.

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