Veronica CAMPBELL-BROWN

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Jamaica Jamaica
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    15 MAY 1982
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    134999
Veronica Campbell-Brown in the 200m at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 10.76 +1.1 Ostrava (CZE) 31 MAY 2011
200 Metres 21.74 +0.6 Beijing (CHN) 21 AUG 2008
400 Metres 52.25 Orlando, FL (USA) 26 MAR 2011
4x100 Metres Relay 41.07 Beijing (CHN) 29 AUG 2015
4x200 Metres Relay 1:30.23 Philadelphia (USA) 28 APR 2001
4x400 Metres Relay 3:31.50 Gainesville (USA) 01 APR 2016

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
50 Metres 6.08 New York, NY (USA) 28 JAN 2012
60 Metres 7.00 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
200 Metres 22.38 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2005
400 Metres 52.24 Fayetteville (USA) 22 JAN 2005
4x400 Metres Relay 3:34.82 Fayetteville (USA) 13 MAR 2004

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 11.50 +0.2 Nancy (FRA) 27 JUN 2018

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2018 11.50 +0.2 Nancy (FRA) 27 JUN 2018
2017 10.84 +1.1 Montverde, FL (USA) 10 JUN 2017
2016 10.83 +1.6 Montverde, FL (USA) 11 JUN 2016
2015 10.89 -0.2 Beijing (CHN) 24 AUG 2015
2014 10.86 +2.0 Clermont (USA) 07 JUN 2014
2013 11.01 0.0 Kingston (JAM) 04 MAY 2013
2012 10.81 +1.5 London (GBR) 04 AUG 2012
2011 10.76 +1.1 Ostrava (CZE) 31 MAY 2011
2010 10.78 +0.8 Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUL 2010
2009 10.89 +1.2 Shanghai (CHN) 20 SEP 2009
2008 10.87 0.0 London (GBR) 26 JUL 2008
2007 10.89 +1.0 Kingston (JAM) 23 JUN 2007
2006 10.99 +1.0 Carson (USA) 21 MAY 2006
2005 10.85 +0.4 Zürich (SUI) 19 AUG 2005
2004 10.91 0.0 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004
2002 11.00 +1.5 Manchester (GBR) 27 JUL 2002
2001 11.13 +1.2 Kingston (JAM) 06 APR 2001
2000 11.12 +2.0 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 18 OCT 2000
1999 11.49 +0.6 Bydgoszcz (POL) 16 JUL 1999
1998 11.70 +2.0 Grand Cayman (CAY) 07 JUL 1998

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2017 22.60 +1.6 Gainesville (USA) 30 MAR 2017
2016 22.29 +0.5 Clermont (USA) 30 APR 2016
2015 21.97 +0.2 Beijing (CHN) 28 AUG 2015
2014 22.94 +1.9 Clermont (USA) 10 MAY 2014
2013 22.53 -1.3 New York, NY (USA) 25 MAY 2013
2012 22.32 +1.0 London (GBR) 07 AUG 2012
2011 22.22 -1.0 Daegu (KOR) 02 SEP 2011
2010 21.98 +1.4 New York, NY (USA) 12 JUN 2010
2009 22.29 +0.5 Berlin (GER) 20 AUG 2009
2008 21.74 +0.6 Beijing (CHN) 21 AUG 2008
2007 22.34 +1.7 Osaka (JPN) 31 AUG 2007
2006 22.51 +1.8 Kingston (JAM) 06 MAY 2006
2005 22.35 0.0 Torino (ITA) 03 JUN 2005
2004 22.05 +0.8 Athina (GRE) 25 AUG 2004
2002 22.39 +0.4 Odessa (USA) 18 MAY 2002
2001 22.92 +0.5 Kingston (JAM) 07 APR 2001
2000 22.87 +0.7 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 21 OCT 2000
1999 23.73 0.0 Kingston (JAM) 19 JUN 1999

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016 52.95 Orlando, FL (USA) 19 MAR 2016
2015 53.53 Orlando, FL (USA) 28 MAR 2015
2013 55.22 Lake Buena Vista, FL (USA) 23 MAR 2013
2011 52.25 Orlando, FL (USA) 26 MAR 2011
2010 52.77 Knoxville (USA) 09 APR 2010

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2016 41.36 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 19 AUG 2016
2015 41.07 Beijing (CHN) 29 AUG 2015
2014 41.83 Glasgow (GBR) 02 AUG 2014
2012 41.41 London (GBR) 10 AUG 2012
2011 41.70 Daegu (KOR) 04 SEP 2011
2008 42.24 Beijing (CHN) 21 AUG 2008
2007 42.01 Osaka (JPN) 01 SEP 2007
2005 41.99 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005
2004 41.73 Athina (GRE) 27 AUG 2004
2002 42.73 Manchester (GBR) 31 JUL 2002
2000 42.13 Sydney (AUS) 30 SEP 2000

Outdoor

4x200 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2015 1:31.73 Nassau (BAH) 02 MAY 2015
2001 1:30.23 Philadelphia (USA) 28 APR 2001

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2016 3:31.50 Gainesville (USA) 01 APR 2016
2015 3:38.01 Coral Gables, FL (USA) 21 MAR 2015
2013 3:33.82 Austin, TX (USA) 30 MAR 2013
2010 3:41.10 Lawrence (USA) 17 APR 2010

Indoor

50 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011/12 6.08 New York, NY (USA) 28 JAN 2012

Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013/14 7.13 Sopot (POL) 09 MAR 2014
2011/12 7.01 Istanbul (TUR) 11 MAR 2012
2010/11 7.11 New York, NY (USA) 28 JAN 2011
2009/10 7.00 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
2005/06 7.04 Fayetteville (USA) 10 FEB 2006
2004/05 7.09 Fayetteville (USA) 11 FEB 2005
2003/04 7.20 Lexington, KY (USA) 29 FEB 2004
2002/03 7.09 Norman, OK (USA) 01 FEB 2003
2001/02 7.17 Lincoln (USA) 02 FEB 2002

Indoor

200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005/06 22.84 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2006
2004/05 22.38 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2005
2003/04 22.43 Fayetteville (USA) 12 MAR 2004
2002/03 22.63 Fayetteville (USA) 14 FEB 2003
2001/02 23.12 Lincoln (USA) 02 FEB 2002

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004/05 52.24 Fayetteville (USA) 22 JAN 2005

Indoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2003/04 3:34.82 Fayetteville (USA) 13 MAR 2004

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 200 Metres 21.74 +0.6 Beijing (CHN) 21 AUG 2008
1. 4x100 Metres Relay 41.73 Athina (GRE) 27 AUG 2004
1. 200 Metres 22.05 +0.8 Athina (GRE) 25 AUG 2004
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 41.36 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 19 AUG 2016
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 41.41 London (GBR) 10 AUG 2012
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 42.13 Sydney (AUS) 30 SEP 2000
3. 100 Metres 10.81 +1.5 London (GBR) 04 AUG 2012
3. 100 Metres 10.97 -0.1 Athina (GRE) 21 AUG 2004
4. 200 Metres 22.38 -0.2 London (GBR) 08 AUG 2012

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x100 Metres Relay 41.07 Beijing (CHN) 29 AUG 2015
1. 200 Metres 22.22 -1.0 Daegu (KOR) 02 SEP 2011
1. 100 Metres 11.01 -0.2 Osaka (JPN) 27 AUG 2007
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 41.70 Daegu (KOR) 04 SEP 2011
2. 100 Metres 10.97 -1.4 Daegu (KOR) 29 AUG 2011
2. 200 Metres 22.35 -0.1 Berlin (GER) 21 AUG 2009
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 42.01 Osaka (JPN) 01 SEP 2007
2. 200 Metres 22.34 +1.7 Osaka (JPN) 31 AUG 2007
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 41.99 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005
2. 100 Metres 10.95 +1.3 Helsinki (FIN) 08 AUG 2005
3. 200 Metres 21.97 +0.2 Beijing (CHN) 28 AUG 2015
4. 100 Metres 10.91 -0.3 Beijing (CHN) 24 AUG 2015
4. 100 Metres 10.95 +0.1 Berlin (GER) 17 AUG 2009
4. 200 Metres 22.38 +0.2 Helsinki (FIN) 12 AUG 2005

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 60 Metres 7.01 Istanbul (TUR) 11 MAR 2012
1. 60 Metres 7.00 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
5. 60 Metres 7.13 Sopot (POL) 09 MAR 2014

Honours - IAAF World Relays

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x100 Metres Relay 42.14 Nassau (BAH) 03 MAY 2015
2. 4x200 Metres Relay 1:31.73 Nassau (BAH) 02 MAY 2015

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 11.08 -1.5 Marrakesh (MAR) 13 SEP 2014
1. 4x100 Metres Relay 42.44 Marrakesh (MAR) 13 SEP 2014

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 200 Metres 22.87 +0.7 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 21 OCT 2000
1. 100 Metres 11.12 +2.0 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 18 OCT 2000
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 44.05 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 22 OCT 2000

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 11.49 +0.6 Bydgoszcz (POL) 16 JUL 1999

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x100 Metres Relay 41.65 Zürich (SUI) 01 SEP 2016
1. 100 Metres 11.04 -0.7 Zürich (SUI) 28 AUG 2014
1. 200 Metres 22.53 -1.3 New York, NY (USA) 25 MAY 2013
1. 200 Metres 22.50 +2.8 Shanghai (CHN) 19 MAY 2012
1. 100 Metres 10.92 +1.2 Shanghai (CHN) 15 MAY 2011
1. 100 Metres 10.89 0.0 Zürich (SUI) 19 AUG 2010
1. 100 Metres 10.78 +0.8 Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUL 2010
1. 200 Metres 21.98 +1.4 New York, NY (USA) 12 JUN 2010

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 10.92 -0.2 Monaco (MON) 09 SEP 2005
1. 100 Metres 10.91 0.0 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004
1. 200 Metres 22.64 -2.2 Monaco (MON) 18 SEP 2004
2. 200 Metres 22.37 -0.6 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 11.11 0.0 Bruxelles (BEL) 14 SEP 2007
1. 100 Metres 10.85 +0.4 Zürich (SUI) 19 AUG 2005

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x100 Metres Relay 41.83 Glasgow (GBR) 02 AUG 2014
2. 100 Metres 11.03 +0.3 Glasgow (GBR) 28 JUL 2014
2. 200 Metres 22.72 +0.6 Melbourne (AUS) 23 MAR 2006
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 42.73 Manchester (GBR) 31 JUL 2002
2. 100 Metres 11.00 +1.5 Manchester (GBR) 27 JUL 2002

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 10.96 -0.4 Kingston (JAM) 27 JUN 2014
1. 200 Metres 22.44 +0.1 Kingston (JAM) 26 JUN 2011
1. 100 Metres 10.84 +0.3 Kingston (JAM) 24 JUN 2011
1. 200 Metres 22.40 -1.1 Kingston (JAM) 28 JUN 2009
1. 200 Metres 21.94 +1.1 Kingston (JAM) 29 JUN 2008
1. 200 Metres 22.39 +0.8 Kingston (JAM) 24 JUN 2007
1. 100 Metres 10.89 +1.0 Kingston (JAM) 23 JUN 2007
1. 200 Metres 22.53 -0.2 Kingston (JAM) 26 JUN 2005
1. 100 Metres 10.97 +0.4 Kingston (JAM) 25 JUN 2005
1. 100 Metres 11.06 -1.2 Kingston (JAM) 27 JUN 2004
1. 200 Metres 22.18 +1.1 Kingston (JAM) 27 JUN 2004
1. 100 Metres 11.01 -0.2 Kingston (JAM) 21 JUN 2002
Results in:

100 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
27 JUN 2018 Nancy Meeting Stanislas FRAFRA C F 8. 11.50 +0.2


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Updated 9 August 2008

Veronica CAMPBELL-BROWN (nee Campbell), Jamaica (100/200/4x100m)

Born 15 May 1982, Trelawny
Lives: Orlando, Florida
1.63 / 61kg
Coach: Lance Brauman
Manager: Claude Bryan

Who would have thought it? Consider the great names from Jamaica - past and present, men and women - who have graced the 100m. Herb McKenley, Lennox Miller, Don Quarrie, Merlene Ottey, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt. But none has won a senior global gold medal in the blue riband event of athletics. That historic first moment belongs to Veronica Campbell after her triumph at the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka.

But the recently-married (November 2007) Veronica Campbell-Brown is accustomed to making history. Winner of the first World Youth Championships 100m in 1999, she was also the first to achieve the women’s sprint double at the World Junior Championships, in 2000,  and is the first Jamaican woman to hold an Olympic sprint title, having taken the 200m gold at Athens 2004.

The day after Powell had disappointed his homeland by finishing third, behind Tyson Gay (United States) and Derrick Atkins (Bahamas) in the men’s 100m Final in Osaka, Campbell raised the Jamaican flag in the closest of finishes After a long delay for the result to be confirmed – both Campbell and defending champion Lauryn Williams (US) timed 11.01 – she was able to celebrate her latest entry into the national record books.

Until Campbell ended the 111-year wait, since the first modern Olympics in 1896, for a Jamaican Olympic or World 100m champion, the list of near misses was long indeed: 1952 Olympics: McKenley - runner-up to Lindy Remigino (US); 1968 Olympics: Miller - runner-up to Jim Hines (US); 1976 Olympics: Quarrie - runner-up to Hasely Crawford (Trinidad); 1987 World Championships - Ray Stewart runner-up to Carl Lewis (US); 1992 Olympics: Juliet Cuthbert - runner-up to Gail Devers (US); 1993 World Championships: Ottey - runner-up to Devers; 1995 World Championships: Ottey - runner-up to Gwen Torrence (US). 1996 Olympics: Ottey - runner-up to Devers; And, in the 2005 World Championships, in Helsinki, even Campbell herself finished runner-up, to Williams.

Adding to Jamaica’s catalogue of near misses, at the 2000 Olympics Tanya Lawrence finished third behind Marion Jones (US) and Katerina Thanou (Greece). The American and Greek have since been discredited for doping offences. At the 2005 World Championships, Michael Frater finished second to Justin Gatlin, another American who was later banned.

All of which left Campbell to make the big breakthrough. Her road to history began in Trelawny, the parish which has produced many prominent Jamaican athletes, among them Merlene Frazer, Ben Johnson, Michael Green and Bolt. More specifically, it began along the track between the family home and local grocery store. Mum, having identified her daughter’s speed, put it to practical use, setting young Veronica as the automatic timer for dinner.

“I was always the favourite child to be sent to the grocery store to buy groceries because I would do it so quickly,” Campbell recalled. “It was a dirt path and I would run there and back. It wasn’t very far and, if my mum sent me to get some eggs for breakfast, she could put the fat on the fire and know I would be back in time before it burned out. So I have been running from a very tender age.”

Whether it was fetching the eggs or shattering the egos of local boys who thought they could outrun her, Campbell never doubted her ability. “The boys always thought they could beat me, so we would always compete to prove a point, and I always won,” she recalled. “I was around 9 or 10, the boys were maybe 15. There was one particular guy who was an athlete and he always thought he was the fastest but I would always beat him.”

How long did it take him to get the message? “I guess he didn’t get it because he didn’t beat me once and kept coming back,” Campbell said. “I haven’t seen him for many years, so I don’t know where he is.”

Like Gay, the World 100 and 200m champion, Campbell was in Osaka while their coach, Lance Brauman, was in prison on fraud charges. According to Campbell, Brauman continued to set her sessions, coaching by telephone. At the World Championships, Omar Brown, the Commonwealth 200m champion and her fiancé at the time  would oversee her workouts. Now Campbell trains under Brauman in Orlando, Florida. Of her relationship with her coach, Campbell said: “I have been working with him for a long time, since my junior college days, so it is a long relationship. He is a great coach and we get along well. His workouts really work for me.”

Campbell is grateful for the inspirational role played by Ottey in her career. “Merlene is a wonderful person, she has always been my hero,” Campbell said. “We communicate on a regular basis. She has always given me good encouragement. I learned about Merlene Ottey when I went to Vere Technical High School. She was a student there and everybody at Vere spoke highly of her.

“My first memory of athletics on TV was the Atlanta Olympics. The women’s 100m was very exciting – Merlene and Gail Devers and that photo-finish was one of the most memorable things of the Olympics.” That photo-finish, to which Campbell refers, resulted in Devers, from the US, taking gold in 10.94, the same time as Ottey, who had to settle for silver.

Campbell has four sisters and five brothers, although she was raised in a split family. “I didn’t grow up with all my brothers and sisters, I was brought up with mum and stepdad,” she said. “It was a small house. My father used to do sports and I have two bigger brothers who used to run track in high school but, apart from them, I am the only one who is an athlete in my family.”

It was from Vere that Campbell went to Barton County College in Kansas, where she met Brauman. Then she went to the University of Arkansas from where she graduated in 2006. Why Arskansas? “When I was trying to decide which university I would go to after leaving junior college I went on a few visits and I was fascinated by the business programme at Arkansas,” she said. “That was one of my reasons for going there then Omar wanted to go there and there were other Jamaicans there. I wanted to go somewhere where I would feel at home away from home.”

Campbell has won four Olympic and five World Championships medals. They include not only her 100m triumph in Osaka but the 200m title at the Athens Olympics She will defend this title in Beijing  but, after finishing fourth in the Jamaican trials, she was named only as reserve for the 100m. Naturally, she is also included in the 4x100m squad. 

Brown and Campbell were married in Montego Bay. Guests included Gay, Ottey and Prime Minister Bruce Golding. The newlyweds share a number of interests away from the track. They play each other at golf and bowling.  When it comes to spending her winnings, Campbell says that her only real indulgence is her collection of Louis Vuitton handbags.

Campbell added: “I have not fully maximised my potential in this sport so I am just working hard and looking forward to the future. Hopefully, I can create some more history before the end of my career. I just want to be the best I can be, whatever that is.”


Personal Bests

100m: 10.85 (2005)
200m: 21.94 (2008)

Yearly Progression

100m: 1999: 11.49; 2000: 11.12; 2001: 11.13; 2002; 11.00; 2003: -; 2004: 10.91; 2005: 10.85; 2006: 10.99; 2007: 10.89; 2008: 10.87.

200m: 1999: 23.73; 2000: 22.87; 2001: 22.92; 2002: 22.39; 2003: -; 2004: 22.05; 2005: 22.35/22.29w; 2006: 22.51; 2007: 22.34; 2008: 21.94.


Career Highlights

1999 1st World Youth Championships (100m)
2000 1st World Junior Championships (100/200m)
2000 2nd World Junior Championships (4x100m)
2000 2nd Olympic Games (4x100m)
2002 2nd, Commonwealth Games (100m/4x100m)
2004 1st Olympic Games (200/4x100m)
2004 3rd Olympic Games (100m)
2004 1st World Athletics Final (100m/200m)
2005 2nd World Championships (100/4x100m)
2005 4th World Championships (200m)
2005 1st World Athletics Final (100m)
2005 2nd World Athletics Final (200m)
2006 2nd Commonwealth Games (200m)
2007 1st World Championships (100m)
2007 2nd World Championships (200/4x100m)


Prepared by David Powell for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.