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Campbell-Brown powers to 200m world title


DAEGU, South Korea, September 2 – Jamaica’s two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown stormed to victory in the women’s 200m Friday, denying American Allyson Felix a historic fourth consecutive world title.

Campbell-Brown flew out of the blocks and although Carmelita Jeter pushed her hard down the home straight, the Jamaican found the extra pace she needed to cross the line first in a season’s best of 22.22sec.

Jeter, bidding for a double after winning the 100m here, won silver in 22.37sec and Felix, who never looked like catching the powerful Campbell-Brown, had to be content with bronze in a time of 22.42.

Campbell-Brown, who finished second behind Jeter in the 100m final in Daegu, won the 200m Olympic gold in 2004 and 2008. She took silver at the 2007 and 2009 worlds.

“(My goal) was just to maintain, do the curve and come out at the straight. I was able to do that tonight,” she said. “Allyson’s a great competitor.

“It’s been a long season and finally after many years of trying I get the victory at the world championships and the only thing missing now is the (Olympic) 100m gold medal so we’ll see if it’s my destiny next year.”

Jeter added: “I’m not upset, I’m very, very pleased. Who’d even have thought I was going to get a medal in the 200m? So I’m very happy.

“Veronica ran a great race. I tried to run with her but she was a step ahead of me. For London 2012 I’m planning on doubling.”

Felix, who took silver in the 400m as she went for a 200m-400m double, said: “I’m disappointed and tired but have no regrets. I wouldn’t change going for the double but I’m definitely disappointed.

“I think I ran with my heart because that’s about all that was left but I just tried to put the race together.

“Looking back, my turnover was not really there. It didn’t come together. I’m really motivated for next year.”