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Leg injury could end Campbell's outdoor season

14 June 2006
www.world-track.org

Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell could miss the rest of the season, following a leg injury sustained during the women's 200-metre dash at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Gateshead, England.

According to reports from her manager, the Jamaican has a torn muscle in her left quad, which could keep her out of competition until mid August.

Campbell, the 2004 Olympic champion and the World no. 2 ranked female sprinter over the half-lap, sustained the injury 20-metres into the home stretch and had to be carried off the track in a wheelchair.

The 24-year-old former University of Arkansas stand-out, will visit a specialist sometime this week to have a full scan on the injured leg. Campbell was running her third half-lap race this outdoor season.

The Jamaican speedster had an unstable season prior to her injury. After back-to-back defeats to compatriot Sherone Simpson over the 200m, Campbell returned to the adidas Track Classic in Carson and defended her 100m crown with a world-leading 10.99 seconds. She, however, was defeated by former Olympic sprint queen, Marion Jones of USA over the distant at the Reebok Grand Prix in the New York City's Icahn Stadium.

The World Championships silver medallist from Helsinki, Finland, is currently the only female performer below 11-seconds this season.



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