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Campbell contented after London run

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Kemoy Campbell, Jamaica's long distance dynamo, produced a promising run over 5000 metres last weekend in London. His season's best time - 13 minutes 23.73 seconds - has brightened his outlook about upcoming races.

Campbell demolished his previous season's best of 13 minutes 35.09 seconds, as he relished the opportunity to race in world class company again. "It's always one of the greatest feeling in the sport", he explained, "especially knowing you've put in the work and then seeing where it has taken you."

A few days after he made history by being the first Jamaican to race in an IAAF Diamond League 5000-metre race, he said, "I know that the guys are talented and work hard just like I do, so stepping on the line always feels nerve-racking, but great nevertheless."

Even though he placed 15th overall, he clocked his second-fastest outdoor 5000 metre time. Only his national record of 13 minutes 20.67 seconds is superior.

The London run has reassured him about the quality of his training. "I was really happy with that time because it's my second 5k for the season after missing a few training days", he detailed with reference to a flu-enforced break he took in June.

"However, there's always room for improvement and I think I should just continue training the way I am now and have patience," the 2017 World Championship 5000 metre finalist resolved.

The former Bellefield High School star expects that his next race will be at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships next month in Toronto.