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Kemoy Campbell ready for 5000m World Champs debut

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica’s sole representative in the IAAF World Championship 5000m, Kemoy Campbell, will be hunting a spot in the final when he takes the track at  8:35 p.m. tonight.

Campbell will run in the first heat.

Performing in his first World Championship,  Campbell will be facing medal favourite  Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet who has a season best of 12.58.69 and is expected to compete strongly against World Champion in the 10,000m Mohamed Farrah.

The national champion, Campbell holds the national record with a time of 13:20.39, which he ran earlier this year.

"I just need the experience for sure, I've never been to one of these events, and it will definitely be good experience for me to see where I fall short, how I can improve and try to get better as I compete with the best," added the Bellefield High School past student.

As Jamaica’s only runner in the event, Campbell says he will not be intimidated by the big names in the long distance event.

"I look up to a lot of people, but I don't want to think about it too much because my main thing is I don't want to go into a race and be intimidated by anyone," said Campbell, who recently completed his studies at the University of Arkansas intends to go full pro after the championships.