VCB Can Get Better, Says Tony Carpenter
by O'Neil A. Reid,
Carribbean Track Life
posted on 18/9/2011
Worlds 200m Big 3, bronze medalist Allyson Felix (US), silver medalist Carmelita
Jeter (US) and champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB), make a surge for the
line in Daegu.
“Her performance in Daegu was solid. Winning the 200m was very important to her, and I am very happy for her in that regard,” said Tony Carpenter, former coach of Jamaica’s national double sprint champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB), of VCB's performance at the recently concluded 2011 World Championships.
VCB, the reigning 200m Olympic champion captured the 200m title in Daegu in 22.22secs ahead of USA’s Carmelita Jeter (22.37). Four days earlier, Jeter won the women’s 100m title in 10.90secs; VCB took the silver in 10.97.
Carpenter, who coached VCB to the IAAF World Indoor women’s 60m title (7.00) in Doha in March 2010 continued: “She has accomplished her goal of winning the 200m [Daegu] but I have no doubt that she also wanted the 100m title.” Carpenter who still follows his former charge closely said he was anxious to see how VCB would perform against Jeter in the 100m at the Brussels Diamond League meet last Friday (Sept 16) because it was the last Diamond League race of the season. In that race, VCB again finished in 2nd place in 10.85 behind Jeter who clocked 10.78.
“I still see room for improvement as far as VCB is concerned,” Carpenter said, noting that he was, however, surprised that she did not run more races in 2011 and that last year he felt she could have run in the 10.60s. “She is still capable of running in the 10.60s but the conditions have to be right” Carpenter pointed out.
Commenting on VCB’s future exploits, Carpenter believes that she will repeat [defend her 200m Olympic title] in London next year. But it may take a personal record to do so.”
VCB has a personal best 21.74 over the distance and is expected to encounter strong challenges from Jeter (moved up to the 200m), Allyson Felix and a crowded field of young and talented sprinters with dreams of taking her title.