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Jamaicans among international stars for 2006 Reebok Grand Prix

25 April 2006
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Veronica Campbell of Jamaica celebrates with the baton as she crosses the line to lead Jamaica to gold in the Women's 4x100 Metres relay Finals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece on August 27, 2004. (Kurt Morris/Allsports) Veronica Campbell of Jamaica celebrates with the baton as she crosses the line to lead Jamaica to gold in the Women's 4x100 Metres relay Finals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece on August 27, 2004. (Kurt Morris/Allsports)
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By Gary Smith

Jamaican sprinters Veronica Campbell, Sheri-Ann Brooks and Omar Brown are among the list of international stars down to compete at the 2006 Reebok Grand Prix scheduled for June 3.

Campbell was the most decorated female athlete at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in Greece, with three medals. She won gold in the 200m and sprint relay and secured a bronze medal in the 100m finals behind Belarus' Yuliya Nesterenko and American Lauryn Williams.

The 23-year-old Sportswoman of the Year in Jamaica followed up that performance with silver in the 100m at the World Championships in Helsinki, Greece, last summer.

In her only major outdoor appearance this season, the Jamaican surprisingly finished second to compatriot Sherone Simpson in the 200m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, in March. Campbell clocked 22.72 seconds, the fifth fastest this season, while Simpson was timed at 22.59.

Brooks, the Commonwealth Games 100m champions and 4x100 gold medallist is set to compete in her pet event, while Brown, the Jamaican indoor record holder and Commonwealth Games champion will contest the men's 200m.

In the meantime, organizers of this year's Adidas Track Classic in Carson, California, announced that Campbell and Brown have been added to the roster of top international athletes set to compete at the May 21 event.

The finals-only meet will take place at The Home Depot Center, on the campus of California State University and will be broadcast live on ESPN 1 pm.-3 pm Caribbean time.



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