Jamaica's Campbell-Brown wins women's 200m

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{image-Campbell brown_21082008.jpg news.oneindia.in}Beijing Games, Aug 21: Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica again got the best of American Allyson Felix in a 200-metre Olympic final, winning gold in Beijing on Day 13.

Campbell-Brown successfully defended her Olympic title in a time of 21.74 seconds at Bird's Nest Stadium. It was the fastest time of the year and the seventh fastest of all time. Felix finished in 21.93 for her second consecutive silver medal. Campbell-Brown beat out Felix for gold at the Athens Games, but her rival had recently gotten the best of her in several races, including at the 2007 world championships in Osaka, Japan.

In those races, Felix was able to use her strong finishing kick to take over in the last 100. But in the Beijing final, Campbell-Brown took an insurmountable lead, with the American only making up some ground.

It was the fourth career medal for Campbell-Brown, 26, who also won gold in Jamaica's 4x100 relay in Athens and silver in the relay in Sydney.
Despite their prowess on the track, both Felix and Campbell-Brown were beaten out in the 100 at their countries' respective Olympic trials.

Kerron Stewart of Jamaica took bronze Thursday, winning her second medal of the Games after sharing silver last week in the 100 with compatriot Sherone Simpson.

Muna Lee of the United States was fourth, ahead of compatriot Marshevet Hooker.

Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas, who won bronze behind Campbell-Brown and Felix at the 2004 Games, finished seventh.

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