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Sports Minister Olivia Grange, tonight tagged Veronica Campbell-Brown, “the Matriarch of World Sprinting”, after she successfully defended her 200 Metres Olympic title in Beijing, China.
Jamaica’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 29th Olympiad, ran a personal best 21.74 seconds to repeat her feat of four years ago.
Minister Grange said Veronica demonstrated to the world the reason she is rated among the finest female athletes of all time and that the victory added another jewel to her crown, as Jamaica’s Sprint Queen.
“Veronica is a champion among champions. We have seen in the past that when the going was rough for Jamaica, she held firm and delivered.
“Since Saturday we have witnessed some truly incredible performances and I was sure that there was no way Veronica was going to miss the party. She deserves every accolade because she has distinguished herself over the years. She is now in her third Olympics and she has had a near-perfect career. She won her first Olympic gold medal in 2000 as a teenager, running in the relays alongside the great Merlene Ottey. She has since claimed two individual titles and I know that she is feeling satisfied.”
Minister Grange added: “I know that there is still a lot more to come from Veronica over the years, especially since she is yet to claim an individual Olympic 100 Metres title. I want her to know that Jamaica thanks her immensely and we look forward to an exciting future with her involved in Jamaican athletics. She has done herself and her nation proud, once again.”
VC, as Jamaicans affectionately refer to Veronica, closed down silver medalist Allyson Felix of the USA in the first 100 Metres of a classic race and held on to win by a comfortable margin. It was d