OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT: Veronica Campbell-Brown
Event: 200 Meters, 4×100-Meter Relay
Date: 200M Prelims – Tuesday, August 19; 200M Quarterfinals – Tuesday, August 19; 200M Semifinals – Wednesday, August 20; 200M Finals – Thursday, August 21; 4x100M Prelims – Thursday, August 21; 4x100M Finals – Friday, August 22
Former sprint national champion and four-time All-American while at Arkansas, Veronica Campbell-Brown will be a member of Team Jamaica at the Olympic Games for the third time in her career.
She will compete in the 200 meters and the 4×100-meter relay in Beijing.
Campbell-Brown became the first Razorback women’s Olympic gold medalist in school history at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She was a winner at 200 meters and was also a member of Jamaica’s gold medal-winning 4×100-meter relay team.
She added one more piece of hardware in 2004; bronze at 100 meters. Add these to her silver finish in the 4×100-meter relay in Sydney in 2000, and Campbell-Brown becomes a four-time Olympic medalist and only Razorback woman to ever win multiple gold medals.
Campbell-Brown made the most of her lone year as a Razorback in 2004. She was the NCAA Indoor Champion at 200 meters and was named an All-American four times. She captured three SEC titles in that season and set six UA school records in the process.
Aside from Olympic competition during her post-collegiate career, Campbell-Brown has been a five-time world championship medalist. Twice she won silver at Helsinki in 2005 and was a three-time medalist at Osaka in 2007—including a gold medal finish at 100 meters.
Veronica Campbell Brown will begin the rounds of 200 meters in Beijing Tuesday, Aug. 19 and 4×100-meter relay Thursday, Aug. 21. For complete results and details of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, visit http://www.iaaf.org/OLY08/index.html. For more information on the Razorbacks in Beijing, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Career Highlights: 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion at the 200 meters; four-time All-American (2004 indoor 60 meters, 200 meters, 4×400-meter relay and outdoor 4×100-meter relay); three-time SEC Champion (2004 Indoor 200 meters, Outdoor 100 meters and 200 meters); twice ran the world’s fastest 200-meter time indoors in 2004; six-time UA record-holder; set SEC Indoor Championships 200-meter record in 2004; two-time SEC Athlete of the Week; USTFCCCA Central Region Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year in 2004.