The World's Fastest Woman - Jamaica's Veronica Campbell Takes The Title At The 99th Millrose Games (Jamaica)




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The World's Fastest Woman - Jamaica's Veronica Campbell Takes The Title At The 99th Millrose Games

Published Feb 8, 2006

New York, NY---Madsion Square Gardens was draped in black, gold, and green this past Friday, when Jamaican Olympian, Veronica "VC" Campbell, flew past the 60-meter finish line in 7.10 (7.095) seconds to win the coveted "World's Fastest Woman" title at the 99th Annual Millrose Games. In what was dubbed the "Olympic and World Championship rematch…Who really is the World's Fastest Woman " Campbell was part of a power-packed line up that included American 2005 World Champion 100-meter runner Lauryn Williams, reigning U.S. 100-meter champion Me'lisa Barber, and 2004 Olympic 200-meter bronze medalist Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas.

"I didn't get the start I wanted, but I am very pleased to win," Campbell states after her victory. "The Lord has blessed me so much. I'm very confident."

Campbell, 23, was the star track & field athlete at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, taking home two gold medals (200 meters, 4 x 100 meters relay) and a bronze medal (100 meters). Her winning time of 22.05 seconds in the 200 meters, set a world-record in Athens, leading her to being named Jamaica's 2004 Sportswoman of Year.

Trelawny born Campbell, who joins fellow Jamaican sprinter and 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell in being designated the "fastest in the world," added to the excitement of New York City, which was reeling in the midst of Fashion Week. New York received her warmly with an official welcoming at the Affinia Manhattan hotel. Hosted by communications firm jamroppo, the event featured the Consul General of Jamaica, New York Dr. Basil K. Bryan, Anthony King, Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, youth organization The Awesome Power Track Club, and Jamaican community leaders and well-wishers who greeted her on her arrival to New York on Thursday, February 2nd.

On Friday morning, a few hours before the Millrose competition, Campbell was an honored guest at New York City Council Woman's Caucus Breakfast, where New York City Councilmember Kendall Stewart, a national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Jamaican-American Councilmember Yvette Clarke both recognized Campbell for her sportsmanship and excellence, and Councilmember Clarke presented her with a proclamation on behalf of the City of New York.

"Veronica Campbell has become a source of inspiration and pride to the Jamaican-American community of New York City and all track & field fans across the world," stated Councilmember Clarke. "Veronica serves as a role model to thousands of young female athletes, her professional and personal achievements continue to underscore the importance of diligence, perseverance and dedication in realizing one's dreams. So it is with great pleasure that I present this proclamation on behalf of my community and the New York City

Along with Campbell, Kenia Sinclair, also swelled the Garden with Jamaican pride, defeating such notable athletes as Ethiopia's Meskerem Legesse, Melissa DeLeon of Trinidad, and Marian Burnett of Guyana to win the women's 800-meter competition. Grenada's Hazel-Ann Regis represented her country well in the women's 400-meter race, beating out U.S. runners' Tiffany Ross-Williams and Crystal Cox for first place.

Media Contact: Raine Martin, 646-218-1305

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