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Jamaican duo spark at Bislett Games

IN GOOD FORM: Kaliese Spencer

ONLY TWO Jamaican athletes took part in the 50th edition of the ExxonMobil Bislett Games which makes up a segment of the IAAF invitational Diamond League series on June 11.

However, despite the lack of numbers, Jamaican athletes still shone brightly at the Bislett Stadium.

Veronica Campbell-Brown and in-form Kaleise Spencer ensured that Jamaica’s rich history of world class performers ignited the intimate arena.

Injuries permitting both will be part of Jamaica’s track and field team which will descend on Beijing’s Bird Nest’s Stadium for the World Championships in August.

The experienced duo have the pedigree to medal and their respective displays confirmed their status as world class athletes.

Campbell-Brown even had enough about her to compete in the invitational wheelchair race just an hour-and-a-half before her designated 100m.

The Norwegians appreciate their track and field and certainly gave Spencer the post-race applause she deserved.

Spencer took the 400m hurdles in a world leading time of 54.15 seconds with a gusty display.

In breezy conditions she swept to her 21st Diamond League triumph.

Having established a decent lead coming into the home straight her advantage was slowly eaten into by America’s Georganne Moline (54.29). Czech world champion Zuzana Hejnova was third (55.14).

But Spencer’s endurance won the day. She was ecstatic after the win.

She told The Gleaner: “It was windy, but I kept going. This race was definitely better technically than the previous one (in Birmingham).

“I’m very happy and give God all the glory. This was a highly contested race. I just came out with everything I had and I was victorious.”

Spencer is proving hugely consistent at present. The hope is that her season has not peaked too soon and that she has something left in her tank come August.

She added: “My coach knows what to improve in the next weeks of training."


SEASON'S BEST: Veronica Campbell-Brown

While Spencer is currently flying, Campbell-Brown is easing nicely into her season.

Campbell-Brown notched a season’s best of 11.08 seconds as she was beaten by Murielle Ahoure in the 100m at the Bislett Stadium.

The likes of Allyson Felix await in the World Championships and the athlete known simply as VCB is up for the fight.

“Any good rivalry is good for the sport and everyone that is involved because it motivates you to keep working hard, because you know that there is someone else training to beat you.”

Only the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200m events in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008), Campbell Brown added: “At this time it is all about constantly working on my technique.

“I’m hard to be comfortable when it comes to track and field. It is my passion, and I always want to do more.

“So right now I’ll just continue to work hard. Hopefully as the season goes on I can see the results that I think that I am capable of.”

The Bislett Games have produced 69 world records during its illustrious history.

Spencer and Campbell-Brown were never going to rewrite the record books in Oslo, rather they put in the graft that they hope will bear fruit in Beijing.

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