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July 16, 2016
Campbell-Brown is heading to her fifth Olympics in Rio

Jamaica's sprint star Veronica Campbell-Brown has admitted to being disappointed that she will not be doubling at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil next month.

The 34-year-old, who will be representing Jamaica at a fifth Olympics, failed to qualify for the 100m after finishing fourth at Jamaica's trials. She will, however, form part of the country's women's 4x100m squad and also line up in the 200m.

"It is human nature to be disappointed when you have your eyes set on something and you don't actually get exactly what you wanted," Campbell-Brown said. "But at the end of the day, I believe that all things will work out for my good, and I am very happy to be representing Jamaica for the fifth time at the Olympic Games."

Campbell-Brown does not think competing in only one individual event improves her chances of getting a medal as she is now accustomed to doing the sprint double.

well prepared

"I have been doubling over the years and I don't have a problem. If I had to do more than two events I would be fine with it; two events are also fine," Campbell-Brown said. "My chances (of getting a medal) do not change based on how many events I have to do, because I am well prepared; I have trained hard and I have a good background."

Campbell-Brown, who has two individual Olympic gold medals in the half-lap event, will have to get by reigning World and European champion, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, but she is not daunted by this challenge.

"I am a competitor by nature and I give it my all and I will be mentally and physically ready to compete in Rio," Campbell-Brown said. "I will not be underestimating any of my competitors, but at the same time I will not be focusing on any particular competitor. I will be focusing on myself and how I have to strategise and what I have to do to do my best in the 200m."

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com

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