Of the 72 medals the Jamaicans won
at the CARIFTA Games, one of the most impressive was the 5,000 metres winner.
Kemoy Campbell sped away from the
start in the 12.5 lap race and finished so far ahead he almost lapped the
second placed finisher!
Campbell smashed his own record set
last year by six seconds and looked and sounded so fresh in interviews after he
could have run it again in the same time. (He had also earlier won the 1500m).
He won in 14 minutes 34.34 seconds,
71 seconds ahead of Mathew Wright of Barbados. Gary Siwsanker of Guadeloupe won
the bronze. Last man home was Aruba’s Alexander Robert, a full four minutes
The joke was that he is secretly a
Kenyan with a Jamaican passport but the kid is really from the rural area of
Belle Field, Manchester.
His final CARIFTA medal was his
seventh and now Campbell is weighing up options for a college place in the US
to become a veterinary surgeon.
College life will give him an
opportunity to step up in class with a view to becoming a world class 1500m
“I just did the 5,000m for
endurance. It is really long and I prefer the 1500m,” Campbell, 19, said. His
aim is to go to the 2012 London Olympics for experience and then make a serious
assault for a podium place at the 2016 Games in Brazil by which time he will be
able to rival the Kenyans, Ethiopians… et al.
“I’ve been running middle distance
since Grade 9 at school and thank God for my ability and motivation.
“I want to be the
first Jamaican to win the Olympics in the 1500m.”