Kemoy Campbell retires from track after doctors' advice

By September 05, 2019

Seven months after he collapsed and almost died on the track at the 2019 Millrose Games in New York, Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell has announced his retirement from track and field after being advised presumably by his doctors that he would risk his life by resuming his career as a long-distance runner.

The Jamaican Olympian made the revelation on his Instagram page on Thursday, just weeks before the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Qatar, an event that he most likely had ambitions of competing in this year.

“It’s with a heavy heart, or half of one rather (that) I must say goodbye to the sport. I will no longer be competing. I have given my all to this sport. It has taken me to places I have never dreamt of going,” Campbell said in his post.

“I was told today that I shouldn’t compete again or this incident will happen again, but that will not stop me from supporting and helping this sport and my team any way I can.”

Campbell said track and field gave him a lot.

“It gave a shy boy from a rural area in Jamaica the opportunity to prove himself to the world. I believe I have done my part. I’ve represented myself, my family, my country proudly. I’ve represented @teamnbboston. I have represented and still represent @reebokboston tc proudly,” he said even while lamenting not being able to fulfil his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games.

“I have pushed myself so hard that it almost ended my life. All the goals I had set for 2020 were thrown out the window today. I wanted to be the first Jamaican to medal at Olympics in a distance race, but that’s not going happen. It’s time that I play another role in this sport.

 “So it’s farewell to competing. Thanks to everyone who came together to help get through this. Whether emotionally, physically, spiritually, or financially. I love you all. Don’t worry either, I still wear a big smile on my face.”

Campbell, who represented Jamaica in the 3000m at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, collapsed off the track in New York and was put into a medically induced coma for 48 hours. After he was revived, Campbell spent the next few weeks in hospital while doctors ran a battery of tests hoping to discover why his heart stopped.

Nothing conclusive was found but doctors put an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator inside his chest and ordered him to take a few months off before he could ever think about running again.

Campbell was recently engaged to his girlfriend Rachel and is set to marry soon.

 

 

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