Many-time national champion Kemoy Campbell has announced his retirement from track and field on medical grounds.
Campbell, who made the announcement on his Instagram account, has been out of action since his heart stopped while competing at the Millrose Games in New York in February.
The 28 year old was subsequently put into a medically induced coma for 48 hours and spent the next few weeks in hospital where he underwent a series of tests after being revived.
With tests failing to reveal anything conclusive why his heart had stopped, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator was put inside his chest by doctors who ordered him to take a few months off before he could ever think about running again.
Campbell in his post on Instagram says “It’s with a heavy heart, or half of one rather. 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.
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”.
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SO 😓 It’s with a heavy heart, or half of one rather. I must say goodbye to the sport because I was told by the doctors that I shouldn’t compete anymore. So unfortunately, 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. 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. I have pushed myself so hard that it almost ended my life. All the goals I had set for 2020 was 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. 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 anyway I can. So it’s farewell to competing. That is why I leave you all with this third image in the slide. That’s where it all ended for my career as a runner and I am glad I was in the front haha. 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 first came to prominence while representing Bellefield High at the ISSA Boys and Girls Athletics Championships holds the national record in the 3000m, 5000m and 10,000 metre events respectively.