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Kemoy Campbell announces retirement

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 7:20 PMLennox AldredGleaner Writer -

Kemoy Campbell, the 28-year-old who hails from Mandeville, Manchester, has announced his retirement from track and field.

Campbell has competed for Jamaica in various events ranging from the 800m to the 1500m.

In an emotionally Instagram post this evening, Campbell said it was with a heavy heart that he had to say goodbye to the sport which he loves so much. He was instructed by doctors not to compete again as they believe he may encounter similar heart problems which almost cost him his life while competing back earlier this year.

Campbell collapsed after 1,000m while performing pacing duties in the men's 3,000m race at the Melrose Games in New York on February 9.

He reiterated that he had given his all to the sport which has taken him to places he had wished to go.

The former Bellefield High and University of Arkansas standout mentioned that he wanted to be the the first Jamaican to medal at the Olympics in a distance race, however he is pleased to have represented himself, his family and country proudly.

Campbell says he will continue to support the sport which he has come to love so much, and thanked everyone, including sponsors, for their emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial support.