Eight-time Olympic medalist, Veronica Campbell-Brown has hang up her spikes for good after illustrious career in the sport.
VCB as she is affectionately called won 49 international medals in a little over two decades.
Born to Cecil Campbell and Pamela Bailey in Clarks Town [Trelawny], Veronica Campbell-Brown announced her retirement via social media on Wednesday, June 23.
Below is her statement in full:
“What a journey it has been!
“Through the grace of God, I have climbed from a small town in Trelawny, Jamaica up the ladder of success to become one of the most decorated women in the Olympic Games and World Championships history.
“All glory to the Lord for my successes, He blessed me with the talent, the will to stay focused and the requisite work ethics. Additionally, He placed authentic and supportive people in my life who served as pillars of strength as I maneuvered the highs and lows which littered my athletic career.
“As I climbed, I passed the rung of hurt, that of injuries and rejection not to mention tears, however, they never quenched my aspiration to grasp the fruits of success and satisfaction. For that I must venture to say that I am proud and grateful.
“I want to thank the persons and companies who contributed to my successes: my family, especially my husband @omarobrown who in the latter years served as my coach, I must mention friends, fans, supporters, sponsors, coaches and my agent @ontrackmgnt, I could not have done it without your help and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“As I take off my spikes never to put them on again, this girl from Clarks Town walks away happy and contented with a race well run.
“The journey of parenting, entrepreneurship @vcbfit, philanthropist @vcb_foundation and motivational speaker continues.
“I look forwar.”
Campbell-Brown is the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200 m events, after Bärbel Wöckel of Germany at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics.
She’s also one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.