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Campbell and Gay win gold for jailed coach

Campbell and Gay win gold for jailed coach

The most successful coach so far at the world track and field championships cannot be here in person _ he's in jail.
Lance Brauman's star pupils, Tyson Gay of the United States and Jamaica's Veronica Campbell, both won gold medals in the 100 meters.
They've each pledged their loyalty to Brauman, who is nearing the end of a one-year prison sentence for embezzlement, theft and mail fraud. The charges stem from Brauman's manipulation of scholarships for his athletes at Barton County Community College in Kansas.
Brauman is scheduled to be released Tuesday, just as Gay starts his qualifying run in the 200 meters.
"He's a very good coach," said Campbell, who narrowly edged out Lauryn Williams for first place Monday night. "He's been through some ups and downs."
Campbell couldn't help but grin as she thought about what Brauman would be thinking after she followed up Gay's gold-medal performance from the night before.
"He should be one of the most proudest persons alive right now," Campbell said. "He should be very proud."
While Gay received a call from Brauman before his showdown with Asafa Powell, Campbell couldn't talk to him directly because her phone doesn't work in Japan.
However, Brauman relayed a message to her through Gay.
"Tyson told me that he said he knows I'm a strong individual and I've been training very hard. He said I should just go out there and execute my race and he knows I'll be victorious," Campbell said.
Although Brauman hasn't been able to coach Campbell and Gay in person, he still left them with something _ a folder filled with intense workouts. There were enough directions to last the entire time he was gone.
"The workouts were not easy," said Campbell, who visited Brauman in federal prison numerous times. "He made sure we got done what we needed to get done."
It worked.
Brauman also coaches sprinter Wallace Spearmon _ the 200 meter silver medalist at worlds in 2005 _ and 400-meter hurdler Derrick Williams, who earned a spot in the finals Tuesday night.
They're all hoping to give him more gold.
"We'll see," Campbell said with a laugh. "We'll give it a try."