BEIJING, China (arkansasrazorbacks.com) – Jamaican captain and Arkansas 100 and 200-meter record holder Veronica Campbell-Brown proved her worth once again pulling in a bronze (200m) and gold medal (4x100m) at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. Those two medals are the 18th and 19th of her career at the competition.
Following a fourth-place finish at 100 meters earlier in the week Campbell-Brown returned to the track in one of the fastest women's 200-meter finals. Campbell-Brown exploded out of the blocks to clock a 21.97 and claim a spot on the podium crossing the line behind teammate Elaine Thompson (21.66) and the Netherlands Dafne Schippers (21.63).
Campbell-Brown continued her medal pursuit with Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay team on day eight of the championships. Running the lead leg, Campbell-Brown set the pace for Jamaica to capture the top spot in a championship record time of 41.07.
In the 4x400-meter relay heats Regina George wowed spectators and commentators alike with a commanding first leg for team Nigeria. George paced the quartet to a first-place finish in their heat in a season's best time of 3:23.27. Returning to action on the last day of the championships the Nigerian team finished in fifth place in a challenging 4x400-meter relay final which saw the Jamaican team run a world-leading time of 3:19.13.
On the men's side Tyson Gay contributed to a U.S 4x100-meter relay team that finished second time-wise behind Jamaica only to be disqualified following the event for an exchange zone infraction. Gay finished sixth in the 100-meter finals earlier in the week.
Recent collegians Kemoy Campbell (5,000m), Omar McLeod (110H) and Sandi Morris (pole vault) provided spectators with a preview of the new generation. McLeod and Morris both advanced to the finals of their events to finish just outside of medal-contention while Campbell, unable to qualify for the finals, had been on pace to do so until an unfortunate incident out of his control threw off his race.
With the completion of the 2015 IAAF World Championships their attention now shifts to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
2015 IAAF World Championships
M 100m heats – Tyson Gay/USA: 10.11 (19th)
M 100m semis – Tyson Gay/USA: 9.96 (3rd)
M 100m finals – Tyson Gay/USA: 10.00 (6th)
M 5,000m heats – Kemoy Campbell/Jamaica: 14:00.55 (31st)
M 110H heats – Omar Mcleod/Jamaica: 13.43 (11th)
M110H semis – Omar McLeod/Jamaica: 13.14 (3rd)
M110H finals – Omar McLeod/Jamaica: 13.18 (6th)
M 200m heats – Wallace Spearmon Jr./USA: DNS
M 4x100m heats – Tyson Gay/USA: 37.91 (3rd)
M 4x100m finals – Tyson Gay/USA: DQ
W 100m heats – Veronica Campbell-Brown/Jamaica: 11.04 (6th)
W 100m semis – Veronica Campbell-Brown/Jamaica: 10.89 (4th)
W 100m finals – Veronica Campbell-Brown/Jamaica: 10.91 (4th)
W 400H heats – Sparkle McKnight/Trinidad and Tobago: 55.77 (15th)
W 400H semis – Sparkle McKnight/Trinidad and Tobago: 56.21 (17th)
W 400m heats – Regina George/Nigeria: 51.74 (25th)
W Pole Vault – Sandi Morris/USA: 4.70m (4th)
W Pole Vault – Tina Sutej/Slovenia: NM
W 200m heats – Veronica Campbell-Brown/Jamaica: 22.79 (8th)
W 200m semis – Veronica Campbell-Brown/Jamaica: 22.47 (7th)
W 200m finals – Veronica Campbell-Brown/Jamaica: 21.97 (3rd)
W 4x100m finals – Veronica Campbell-Brown/Jamaica: 41.07 (1st)
W 4x400m heats – Regina George/Nigeria: 3:23.27 (2nd)