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Parks look to build on Campbell's Bellefield legacy

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe
Bellefield High's Shevan Parks (second right) winning heat one of the Class One boys 800m ahead of Calabar's Gawayne Porter (left), Oyeth Bailey (second left) of Spalding High and Christiana High's Algerian Jackson.

Bellefield's middle-distance standout, Shevan Parks, says that he is looking to build on the success of Bellefield's most outstanding athlete, Kemoy Campbell, who he describes as one of his biggest inspirations ahead of a highly anticipated clash against St Elizabeth Technical's Jauavney James.

According to Parks, Campbell, who went on to impress on the US collegiate circuit and also represented Jamaica at last year's IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, after years of dominance in the 5000m and 1500m at Champs, has left a legacy at the Manchester-based institution that he intends to continue.

Parkes, the defending Class One 1500m champion, also said that he was determined to defend his title and add the 800m gold medal - after last year's sixth-place finish in that event.

The youngster shared that he has never had the chance to speak to Campbell but would like to mirror his exploits and represent Jamaica at the top level in his events.

"I have never spoken to him (Campbell) before, but I always look up to his performances. He is a phenomenal athlete," Parks told The Gleaner. "He inspires me a lot. He is the man that has set the foundation for the school, so we want to continue on from where he left off where the distance events are concerned.

"I would certainly like to go on and represent Jamaica at the senior level in these events. It's something I look forward to doing," added Parks, who went on to give the thumbs up to his preparation coming into the championships.

Parks will line up in the 800m semis today at 4:55 p.m., with the 1500m heats scheduled for a few hours earlier at 10:10 a.m.