BEIJING, China – Athens 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica successfully defended her Women’s 200m title, crossing the line for gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in a personal best of 21.74 seconds.
The 26-year-old was under extra pressure to retain her title after failing to qualify for the 100m at the Jamaican Olympic trials, but she was in control of the 200m race from the gun to the line.
World champion Allyson Felix of the United States finished second behind the Jamaican, as she did at Athens 2004, and continues the tradition of the world champion failing to win the Olympic gold a year later.
Kerron Stewart of Jamaica added another medal to the growing Jamaican total by narrowly grabbing the bronze in 22.00s, just ahead of Muna Lee of the United States, who ran a personal best 22.01s for fourth.
Stewart was the quickest into her stride and was ahead at the bend.
As the athletes entered the home straight, Campbell-Brown moved to the front and extended her lead down the final 50m.
It was a disappointing run from Felix, who failed to find her rhythm and had to watch as Campbell-Brown raced away for the second time in the Olympic Games.
Campbell-Brown’s success means Jamaica has now won gold at 100m and 200m in both the Women’s and Men’s competitions and won six of the 12 medals available at those distances.
Campbell-Brown and her Jamaican teammates will now be hyper-confident of adding more medals from the Women’s 4 x 100m Relay. They won the same relay in Athens.