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I won’t give up - Campbell

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM

BEIJING, China:

Her run in the heats at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China did not bring the desired result yesterday. But young Jamaican 800m athlete, Simoya Campbell, was pleased to have gained the experience and is looking forward to pushing the island's 800-metre programme forward.

Campbell finished her heat fifth in a time of 2:01.43 behind winner Sofia Ennaoui (Poland), 2:01.16, Rose Mary Almanza (Cuba), 2:01.33 and Lucia Klocova (Slovakia), 2:01.35.

The University of Technology student said she was disappointed with her failure to advance to the next round and to follow the instructions given by her coach Stephen Francis. Campbell also believes that she will have to become more aggressive in her approach if she is to have success at this level.

Giving thanks

"Firstly, I want to give God thanks for all that he has done for me. This experience is great, I'm loving it; it's the first time competing in the Bird's Nest and it was a great experience for me," said Campbell.

"I got instructions from my coach to go through my first 400m in 58 seconds. I was looking at the clock and thought I was in the 58-second zone, but I wasn't," Campbell added. "But I'm pleased with my performance, considering it's my first World Championships.

"There is a lot that I need to take back home. The girls run really aggressive and I'm not used to that. I'm not too heavy and the least little bounce I get, I can fall, so perhaps, I need to be more aggressive," she said.

Campbell, who represented Jamaica over the past two years at the IAAF World Relays as a member of the country's 4x800m relay team and was also a competitor at the World University Games, says she is pleased to be playing a role in the island's increased presence in the 800m on the international stage as she now focuses on ensuring qualification for next Summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"I feel really great, I know that God has blessed me with this talent. In Jamaica, of course, everyone is drawn to the sprints, but knowing that we have three girls who are running really well and I'm a part of that is pleasing. I am looking forward to next year, I am looking forward to keep on trying," added Campbell, who twice lowered her personal best this year - first to 1:59.92 at the National Senior Championships, and then to 1:59.26 at the World University Games.