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Jamaica's Victoria Campbell-Brown Wins In Beijing

Jamaica's Victoria Campbell-Brown Wins In Beijing

Posted by Shanelle Weir on May 23, 2014

Veronica Campbell-Brown returned to winning ways and Simone Facey demonstrated her return to form with wins at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium yesterday.

It was the first win of the season for Campbell-Brown, who was part of a Jamaican 1-2-3-4 in the 100 metres at the meet where Justin Gatlin set a blistering new world lead in the men's 100 metres.

Prior to yesterday, Campbell-Brown, the 2007 100-metre World champion, had struggled for form. Having missed most of 2013 because of a provisional drug suspension of which she was subsequently cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Jamaican sprinter looked a shadow of the athlete who has a 100m personal best of 10.76. She was fourth in the 100m at the Cayman Invitational two weeks ago and fifth in the 200m in Shanghai on Sunday. So she must have been relieved to hold off a fast-finishing Simone Facey to win in 11.14. Facey clocked 11.19.

Trish-Ann Hawthorne (11.23) and Aleen Bailey (11.32) ensured that the Jamaican women took the first four places. Three members of that quartet also competed in the 200m, but it was a no-contest as Facey won going away in a season best 22.67s. Bailey finished second in 23.11 while Hawthorne could only manage fourth in 23.32.

Impressive Gatlin

Justin Gatlin has been sending the message that he is the man to beat this season. The message could not have been more boldly stated than it was yesterday when he destroyed a strong enough field to win in an impressive 9.87s ahead of countryman Mike Rogers (10.02) and the evergreen Kim Collins (10.11). It was Gatlin's fourth straight win following victories in Jamaica, Tokyo and Shanghai. Dexter Lee was ninth in 10.43.

American hurdler Briana Rollins also made a statement in the 100m hurdles winning in a new world lead of 12.58 seconds ahead of Kellie Wells 12.89 and Panama's Yvette Lewis 12.96. Jamaica's Andrea Bliss was a distant sixth in a slow 13.43.

In the field, Trinidadians celebrated the return to form of Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott, who duly won the javelin with a throw of 83.94

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