- NAME: Veronica Campbell-Brown
- OCCUPATION: Track and Field Athlete
- BIRTH DATE: May 15, 1982 (Age: 31)
- EDUCATION: Vere Tech, Barton County Community College, University of Arkansas
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Clarks Town, Trelawny, Jamaica
- Full Name: Veronica Campbell-Brown
- AKA: Veronica Campbell
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Veronica Campbell-Brown is the youngest Jamaican woman to win an Olympic medal. At the 2012 Olympic Games, she became a six-time Olympic medalist.
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At the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Campbell-Brown was honored with carrying the Jamaican flag during the opening ceremonies. In the first round of the 4-by-100 relays, the Jamaican team did well, beating out Russia, Germany and China and holding the fastest time in the preliminary heats. However, the elation didn't last long. In the final, the team muffed a baton exchange and did not finish. In the 200-meter sprint,
Campbell-Brown achieved a personal best time of 21.74 seconds and a gold medal, becoming only the second woman in Olympic history to successfully defend a 200-meter title.
In 2009, Campbell-Brown was honored when she was appointed as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, a role she has used to promote gender equity.
Campbell-Brown continued to work hard and in 2010, she won her first World Indoor 60-meter gold medal and scored another gold in the 200 meter at the World Championships, finishing the season with world-leading times in both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. In the 2011 World Championships, she won the silver medal in the women's 100-meter sprint in a photo finish, only .08 seconds behind Carmelita Jeter, and later went on to win her first 200-meter world title.
In June 2012, Campbell-Brown qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, in both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, facing rivals Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards-Ross and Sherone Simpson. She failed to defend her 200 title, however, placing fourth in the race, behind Carmelita Jeter (bronze), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (silver) and Allyson Felix (gold). Campbell-Brown didn't leave London empty-handed, though; she won her sixth Olympic medal, a bronze, in the 100-meter sprint.
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