'VCB' ready to run faster than ever after doping ordeal

Fri May 22, 2015 10:12am EDT
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By Ian Chadband

(Reuters) - Veronica Campbell-Brown, the first lady of Jamaican sprinting, believes she will run faster than ever after enduring an ordeal she trusts no other athlete will have to suffer.

The triple Olympic champion turned 33 last week but said her “best days are still ahead” now she has recovered from the traumatic episode which saw her pilloried as a drugs cheat before she was cleared of a potentially career-ending doping offense.

“It was very unfair and I hope no athlete will ever go through what I went through,” Campbell-Brown reflected in an interview with Reuters after starting her 2015 campaign in impressive form in China.

“It’s tough, especially when you know you’re innocent and your name has been dragged through the mud and people who had no clue were speaking evil stuff.

“But people go to jail for crimes they didn’t commit. It’s part of life and I take my inspiration from those who have suffered at the hands of wickedness.”

Campbell-Brown received a two-year ban after testing positive for a banned diuretic in 2013 and says she went through an emotionally and financially crippling experience as she fought to clear her name.

She even took and passed a lie detector test while her name was being smeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) finally exonerated her last Spring.

CAS noted the blatant flaws in the collection procedures and possible "environmental contamination" of her urine sample because of “deplorable” mistakes by Jamaican athletics and anti-doping officials.   Continued...

First placed Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica celebrates after the women's 100m event during the Weltklasse Diamond League meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 28, 2014.            REUTERS/Ruben Sprich