Two-Time Olympic Champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica Shockingly Eliminated in First Round of Women’s 200 Meters

August 15, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — The final week of the 2016 Summer Olympics started with a shocker at the Olympic Stadium on Monday morning as two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica saw her hopes of a record third title come crashing to the ground. The 34-year-old finished third in heat 9 in 22.97, but only two women advanced automatically from each heat plus the next six fastest time qualifiers. The final time qualifier was Ecuador’s Angela Tenorio in 22.94, meaning Campbell-Brown missed out by .03.

“I’m not even going to get into what happened because I cannot change it. I’m just going to have to move on,” said Campbell-Brown after the race, adding that she’s been blessed and has learned to deal with things she cannot understand.

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Campbell-Brown was hoping to become the first woman to win the same Olympic track & field event three times, but that goal has now fallen by the wayside. Four other women entered the Games hoping to win a third Olympic crown and after Campbell-Brown’s result today, four have failed — Tirunesh Dibaba (bronze in 10,000), Valerie Adams (silver in shot put) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (bronze in 100). That leaves only the Czech Republic’s Barbora Špotáková in the javelin with a chance to make history.

Campbell-Brown, who earned bronze at Worlds last year, entered with the #8 time in the world this year at 22.29 seconds. She will now turn her attention to the 4×100 relay.

1 454 Edidiong Ofonime ODIONG BRNBRN 22.74 Q PB 0.156
2 1249 Semoy HACKETT TTOTTO 22.78 Q 0.162
3 882 Veronica CAMPBELL-BROWN JAMJAM 22.97 0.170
4 936 Olga SAFRONOVA KAZKAZ 23.29 0.144
5 879 Ashley KELLY IVBIVB 23.61 0.191
6 1180 Tameka WILLIAMS SKNSKN 23.61 0.160
7 1188 Sabina VEIT SLOSLO 23.75 0.161
8 1239 Kristina PRONZHENKO TJKTJK 25.53 0.213
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