Powell and Campbell -Brown named Sports man and Woman of the year.


By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

powell_campbell.jpgIn what was a glitsy affair at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, at the RJR Sports Man and Woman ceremony the world's fastest man Asafa Powell and the speed ball from Trelawny Veronica Campbell-Brown took the respective lions share of the accolades.

Powell walked away with his third such honour as 'Sports Man Of The Year,' dating back to 2005. A fitting bill after he was named the Central American and Caribbean top athlete for 2007 back in December.

Powell who won a bronze at the World Championship in the 100 metres along with a silver in the 4x100 metres relay, edged out fellow Sprinter Usain Bolt, World Championship Decathlon Silver medalist Maurice Smith and West Indies Pace Bowler Darren, Powell in the male category.

Smith was named the overall runner up in the male section.

Veronica Campbell-Brown in the meantime received her second such honour after winning in 2004.

The former Vere Technical athlete Campbell-Brown won gold at the Osaka Championship last summer winning the 100 metres, taking silver in the 200 metres and in the sprint relays. That 100 metres World Championship Gold in 11.01 seconds completed the total package at the international level, with previous gold at the Olympics in 2004 and the IAAF Junior and Youth Championships in 1998 and 1999.

Campbell-Brown got the nod ahead of Olympian and National Champion Deloreen Ennis-London.

Chris Dehring took home the Chairman's Award for his nine year planning and exceptional efforts in helping the Caribbean to stage last year's International Cricket Council/World Cup Cricket Tournament.