On your marks ! Get set ! GOLD


By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
campell.jpg"Wi likkle but wi tallawah" can be paraphrased to the majestic achievement of Veronica Campbell in winning the World Athletics Championship 100 metres gold medal on Monday, in Osaka, Japan, as; “although Jamaica is small geographically and has a population not exceeding 2.8 million people , our accomplishments in Track and Field on the world stage is not only phenomenal but without a doubt incomparable.”

Yardflex fans at home and abroad are still celebrating the quintessential exploits of the girl from the Parish of Trelawny who re-wrote the history books by winning the event in 11.01 seconds, in a blanket finish with the American pair of Lauryn Williams who incidentally is the Defending World Champion and Carmelita Jeter 11.01 and 11.02 seconds respectively.

Campbell's time never shattered the world record but the performance further solidified the point that as Olympic Champion over 200 metres, she has the mettle and grit to add one more major title to her collection. The former University of Arkansas runner who has a world leading 10.89 seconds posted at the National Trials in Kingston, Jamaica in June, won the event from Lane six, and remains on course to take the double in the 200 metres later this week.

Meanwhile Campbell's team-mate Kerron -Stewart out of Auburn University finished 7th in the event in a time of 11.12 seconds.

In the men's equivalent World record holder Asafa Powell had to settle for bronze behind winner Tyson Gay of the United States 9.84 seconds, and Bahamian Derrick Atkins in 9.91 seconds.

Leading up to 65 metres the former Charlemont High School runner Asafa lost his moment and was quickly gobbled up by the aforementioned pair to capture his first World Championship medal in 9.96 seconds, below his season best of 9.90 set at the Rome Golden League meeting on June 13 this year