Darrel BROWN

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    11 OCT 1984
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    170098
Darrell Brown of Trinidad and Tobago in the heats of the 100m (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 9.99 +1.0 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 25 JUN 2005
100 Metres 9.88 +3.0 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 23 JUN 2007
200 Metres 20.41 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 06 MAY 2001
400 Metres Hurdles 56.85 Myrtle Beach, SC (USA) 19 MAR 2011
4x100 Metres Relay 37.62 Berlin (GER) 22 AUG 2009

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
55 Metres 6.15 Gainesville (USA) 09 FEB 2003
60 Metres 6.59 Fayetteville (USA) 14 FEB 2004

Latest Active Season: 2016

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 10.49 +0.4 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 24 JUN 2016

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2016 10.49 +0.4 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 24 JUN 2016
2015 10.34 -0.2 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 27 JUN 2015
2014 10.05 +1.7 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 21 JUN 2014
2013 10.46 +1.4 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 21 JUN 2013
2012 10.25 -0.2 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 23 JUN 2012
2011 10.13 +1.0 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 13 AUG 2011
2009 10.05 +0.5 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 19 JUN 2009
2008 10.02 +1.4 Doha (QAT) 09 MAY 2008
2007 10.02 +1.3 Kingston (JAM) 05 MAY 2007
2006 10.11 -0.3 Thessaloniki (GRE) 24 JUL 2006
2005 9.99 +1.0 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 25 JUN 2005
2004 10.11 -0.6 Ciudad de México (MEX) 22 MAY 2004
2003 10.01 0.0 Paris (FRA) 24 AUG 2003
2002 10.09 -0.6 Kingston (JAM) 17 JUL 2002
2001 10.24 0.0 Bridgetown (BAR) 14 APR 2001
2000 10.34 -0.6 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 17 OCT 2000
1999 10.67 -0.8 Fort-de-France (FRA) 05 APR 1999

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2012 22.54 +0.5 Auburn (USA) 07 APR 2012
2007 20.51 +1.0 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 28 MAY 2007
2005 20.61 +0.8 Lappeenranta (FIN) 21 JUL 2005
2002 20.97 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 04 MAY 2002
2001 20.41 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 06 MAY 2001
2000 20.76 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 21 MAY 2000
1999 21.20 +1.9 Fort-de-France (FRA) 05 APR 1999

Outdoor

400 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2011 56.85 Myrtle Beach, SC (USA) 19 MAR 2011

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2011 38.89 Mayagüez (PUR) 16 JUL 2011
2009 37.62 Berlin (GER) 22 AUG 2009
2008 38.00 London (GBR) 26 JUL 2008
2005 38.10 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005
2004 38.53 Athina (GRE) 27 AUG 2004
2003 38.53 Santo Domingo (DOM) 09 AUG 2003
2001 38.58 Edmonton (CAN) 12 AUG 2001
2000 40.03 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 22 OCT 2000

Indoor

55 Metres

Performance Place Date
2002/03 6.15 Gainesville (USA) 09 FEB 2003

Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005/06 6.79 Fayetteville (USA) 10 FEB 2006
2003/04 6.59 Fayetteville (USA) 14 FEB 2004

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.60 Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 37.62 Berlin (GER) 22 AUG 2009
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.10 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005
2. 100 Metres 10.08 0.0 Paris (FRA) 25 AUG 2003
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.58 Edmonton (CAN) 12 AUG 2001

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 10.09 -0.6 Kingston (JAM) 17 JUL 2002
4. 4x100 Metres Relay 40.03 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 22 OCT 2000
4. 100 Metres 10.40 +0.1 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 18 OCT 2000

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 10.31 -0.2 Debrecen (HUN) 13 JUL 2001

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.53 Santo Domingo (DOM) 09 AUG 2003

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 100 Metres 10.05 -0.6 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 10.12 +0.6 Cali (COL) 04 JUL 2008
1. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.47 Nassau (BAH) 10 JUL 2005
1. 100 Metres 10.02 +1.9 Nassau (BAH) 09 JUL 2005
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 38.89 Mayagüez (PUR) 16 JUL 2011
2. 100 Metres 10.17 +0.6 St. George's (GRN) 04 JUL 2003

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 100 Metres 9.88 +3.0 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 23 JUN 2007
1. 100 Metres 10.28 0.0 Port-of-Spain (TTO) 22 JUN 2001
Results in:

100 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
24 JUN 2016 Port-of-Spain Trinidad & Tobago Ch. TTOTTO B H7 1. 10.49 +0.4
25 JUN 2016 Port-of-Spain Trinidad & Tobago Ch. TTOTTO B SF2 8. 13.35 +1.3


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Updated 9 August 2008

Darrel BROWN, Trinidad & Tobago (100m)

Born: 11 October 1984, Arima
Lives:
1.81m / 81kg
Coach: Stephen Francis
Manager: Paul Doyle

The world of international elite sprinting had hardly heard of Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay when Darrel Brown made his mark in the senior ranks at 18-years-old. A silver medal in the 100 metres at the 2003 World Championships, in Paris, confirmed the prodigious talent of the young man who had set World age bests at  14, 16, 17 and, now, 18.

While Powell, Bolt and Gay have made spectacular progess, taking the 100m into new territory, the question has to be asked: where has Brown been all these years?

“Hurt.” Brown said with a good-natured smile. “But my mother always told me: ‘When its your time, it will come. You have to be patient.’ So I keep training and hopefully my time will come.” Does she still say it to him? “Every day,” Brown insisted.

Still determined to put the years of injury behind him and climb back to the top, Brown trains diligently under the supervision of Stephen Francis, Powell’s coach. Not only does Brown – and, of course, his mother Marilyn – believe more great days are ahead, so does Francis. “I have no doubt that, in the strongest possible field of 100m men on earth, he can medal,” Francis said, adding the caveat that he just needs to stay injury-free.

“I could be World champion, I could be Olympic champion, I could be anything, I just have to be patient and wait,” Brown said. Is he not frightened by the times that Powell, Bolt and Gay have been running? “No, I’m not frightened,” he said. “You just do what you have to do and hopefully you could come out on top.”

Born in Arima as the youngest of four siblings, Brown has two sisters and one brother. Although he was keen on football, he realised when he was only 13 that his talent was in sprinting. “I played soocer (with friends in the street) but I was not too good at it,” Brown recalled. “I realised I was better at running when I made my first Carifta Games (Caribbean regional junior championships) team.

Describing this occasion as his first success, Brown added: “In 1998, when I made my first Carifta team, I was the youngest on the whole team. I was 13. I came fifth in the Final (under 17, representing Trinidad and Tobago). In 1999 and 2000 I represented Trinidad again at the Carifta Games and I won the (U17) 100 and 200. At the CAC (Central American and Caribbean) Championships in 2000, I won the 100 and 200 (Under 17), and in 2000 I also came fourth (100m) in the World Junior Championships.”

For three years after he narrowly missed a medal in the 2000 World Juniors, in Santiago, there was no stopping Brown. In Santiago, he had finished behind Mark Lewis-Francis (Great Britain), Salem Mohamed Al-Yami (Saudi Arabia) and his fellow Trinidadian, Marc Burns but, in 2001, Brown won the 100m at the World Youth Championships, in Debrecen, Hungary, and, in 2002, the World Junior title in Kingston.

Already he had started to make inroads in the senior ranks. At the 2001 World Championships, in Edmonton, he helped Trinidad and Tobago to the silver medal in the 4x100m. In so doing, Brown (age 16 years, 305 days) became the youngest ever World Championships medallist.

In 2002, as well as his World Junior triumph (10.09), Brown won the 100m (10.18) at the CAC Championships in, Bridgetown. It was a Trinidad and Tobago 1-2 on both occasions as Burns finished second (10.18 in Kingston, 10.42 in Bridgetown). Then, in 2003, Brown finished just one-hundredth of a second away from becoming senior World champion.

After setting a World Junior record 10.01 in the Quarter-Finals in Paris, Brown was denied the senior title only by Kim Collins, the Commonwealth champion from St. Kitts and Nevis. Collins recorded 10.07 and Brown 10.08, although it was a memorable event for many reasons.

Powell was disqualified and so was John Drummond, who would go on to help coach Gay to his 100/200m double at the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka. But Drummond refused to leave, performing a lay-down protest on the track. Two of the big names behind Brown, Dwain Chambers and Tim Montgomery, were subsequently disqualified for doping offences.

How had Brown felt as an 18-year-old in the grown-up world of superstar athletes? “I was pretty nervous but, after we started, I just went out there and did my thing,” he recalled.  He was still a schoolboy at the time, attending El Dorado Secondary Comprehensive. But it didn’t stop him from becoming the youngest 100m medallist in World Championships history.

Brown was inspired more by Maurice Greene, of the United States, than his Trinidad and Tobago team-mate Ato Boldon. “I saw Ato in the ‘96 Olympics then Maurice came out from ’97 - he was the main one (inspiration),” Brown recalled. “When I saw him in ‘97 and he came back again in ‘99, I thought I would like to do that sometime in my career and maybe sometime I’ll do it.” Greene was 100m World champion in 1997, 1999 and 2001.

However, in 2004, Brown’s progress stalled due to a hip injury. Although he did compete in the Olympic Games, in Athens, it was only in the 4x100m, in which Trinidad and Tobago finished seventh. In 2005 he was eliminated in the 100m Semi-Finals (7th) at the World Championships, in Helsinki, although he did pick up a relay silver medal and won the Central American and Caribbean title (10.02) in Nassau, Bahamas.. “That year I was coming back from the injury,” he explained. “I had an on-and- off year – sometimes I would run fast, sometimes I did not run fast. It was inconsistent year for me.”

In 2006 Brown hardly competed because of hamstring trouble. And 2007? “Before the World Championships I got a stress fracture in my right foot,” he said. Allowing time, rather than surgery, to be the healer, Brown returned for a strong winter’s training, his second under Francis. Parting company with Henry Rolle, his coach from 2003, Brown joined the MVP group in Kingston, Jamaica. A big change then? “Not really,” Brown said. “Jamaica is just like Trinidad, so it wasn’t really a big adjustment.”

Francis explained: “Last year was a messy situation, where his toe started paining him, and it turned out there was a growth. But, this year he is in very, very good shape. He is still carrying some lingering injuries in his hamstring but I think he is good to go. If he is healthy, he is going to be a handful for any sprinter to handle.

“What he has been through is probably a result of his body type and maybe he had not done enough true developmental work as a youngster. But his fitness has improved a lot and he is more likely to be able to perform without great problems. There are no long-term injuries that he carries. I think most of his injuries are probably because he didn’t really have a good base for fitness.”

Leading up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Brown has kept largely off the big stage. He did not appear in any of the four Golden League meetings and raced in only two Super Grand Prix competitions: he finished second in Doha (9 May) and fifth in Monaco (29 July). However, he won in Eugene on 1 June (10.07)
 
Asked his goal for Beijing, Brown said: “To reach the Final then try to win a medal.” After all he has been through, it is good to see him still fighting to regain his place back at the top. Hadn’t he been tempted to quit? “Sometimes that goes through my mind but I’m still young,” he said. “I’m only 23. Hopefully I have a few more years to try to put it together.”


Personal Bests

100m: 9.99 (2005); 9.88w (2007)
200m: 20.41 (2001)


Yearly Progression

100m: 1998: 10.79; 1999: 10.67; 2000:10.34; 2001: 10.24; 2002: 10.09; 2003: 10.01; 2004: 10.11A; 2005: 9.99; 2006: 10.11; 2007: 10.02/9.88w; 2008: 10.02.

200m: 1998: 22.41; 1999: 21.20; 2000: 21.14; 2001: 20.41; 2002: 20.97; 2003: -; 2004: -; 2005: 20.61; 2006: -; 2007: 20.51; 2008: -

Career Highlights

1998 2nd Central American &Caribbean U17 Championships (100m)
2000 1st Central American & Caribbean U17 Championships (100/200m)
2000 4th World Junior Championships (100m)
2001 1st World Youth Championships (100m)
2001 2nd World Championships (4x100m)
2001 2nd Pan American Junior Championships (100)
2001 3rd  Pan American Junior Championships (4x100)
2002 1st Central American & Caribbean U20 Championships (100m)
2002 1st World Junior Championships (100m)
2002 3rd World Junior Championships (4x100m)
2003 2nd Central American & Caribbean Championships (100m)
2003 2nd Pan American Games (4x100m)
2003 2nd World Championships (100m)
2004 7th Olympic Games (4x100m)
2005 1st Central American & Caribbean Championships (100m)
2005 SF World Championships (100m)
2005 2nd World Championships (4x100m)
2005 4th World Athletics Final
2006 QF Commonwealth Games (100m)

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

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