KINGSTON, Sporting Alert – Veronica Campbell-Brown posted some very fast times in the buildup towards the Jamaica Senior Trials, but the veteran sprinter has looked well below par in the last three days.
Campbell-Brown entered the JAAA Trials with season’s best times of 10.83 and 22.29 for the 100m and 200m, and has dipped under the 11-seconds barrier three times so far this season.
Prior to Elaine Thompson’s 10.70 seconds performance on Friday night, she had been the fastest Jamaican on the term.
However, the Caribbean sprint queen has been well below those standard thus far, which forces one to believe that she could have picked up a niggle coming to the trials.
After 100m heat winning performance on Thursday night, the 34-year-old said it was just a shake out run and promised to build on that performance in the latter stages of the championships.
However, Campbell-Brown, who was run out of the top three places in the women’s 100m and looked a bit sluggish in the 200m semi-finals on Saturday night, is yet to display the kind of form we had been bracing ourselves to see.
The twice Olympic 200m champion in 2004 and 2008, has certainly struggled to deliver her customary explosiveness, especially over the last 40m of the sprints, and it could very well be because she is recovering from some kind of recent setback.
After missing out on an individual place in the women’s 100m for Rio, Campbell-Brown, who has won 3 Olympic gold medals, and three IAAF World Championships golds, will be hoping for a top three finish in the women’s 200m finals on Sunday night.