On the eve of Jamaica’s trials for the Olympics. The most decorated Jamaican Olympian, Veronica Campbell- Brown, had announced her retirement.
The Jamaican who won back to back Olympic 200m titles to maintain the leading position of her country at the top of the sprinters of the world Campbell-Brown announced her retirement in an emotional post to social media.
“As I take off my spikes never to put them on again, this girl from Clarks Town walks away happy and contented with a race well run,” was posted on the 39-year-old’s Instagram page.
“Through the grace of God, I have climbed from a small town in Trelawny, Jamaica, up the ladder of success to become one of the most decorated women in the Olympic Games and World Championships history.”
Campbell Brown has earned 8 medals while running at 5 Olympics from 2000 to 2016.
In the 2004 Athens Olympics, Campbell Brown was representative of Jamaica at that time she was 22 years old. At that Olympics, she earned gold in 200m, where she beat her favourite Allyson Felix
By winning that gold medal, she became the first Jamaican and Caribbean woman in the history to win a sprint Olympic title.
Campbell Brown in 2008 again won the gold in which she again left her favourite at the back and again repeated the victory of 2004, winning a world title during the time period of 2007 and Olympic bronze medals during 2004 and 2012.
In 2019, she was honoured with a statue inside a park outside the National Stadium in Kingston, accompanied by other champions from her era — Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Asafa Powell. Campbell-Brown originated from the same area as Bolt and the same high school as another legendary Jamaican female sprinter, Merlene Ottey.
The Olympian said she will now turn her focus towards parenting and entrepreneurial and charity investments, including the VCB Foundation.