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Pacer collapses during 3,000m at Millrose Games

Kemoy Campbell collapsed while pacing the 3,000m at the Millrose Games on Saturday

Kemoy Campbell collapsed mid-race at the Millrose Games on Saturday in New York City while pacing the 3,000m. The Jamaican-born runner was taken to hospital after he reportedly stopped breathing on lap six of the 15 lap event. 

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Sunday morning Millrose Games race director Ray Flynn said that, “He [Campbell] was treated trackside by on-site doctors and medical personnel from New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Hospital and NYPD emergency service units, FDNY and EMS. He was then transported to New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, where he remains this morning.”

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Flynn, who is also Campbell’s agent, told the Jamaican Gleaner that, “We were all shocked to see what happened, but thank God, he is doing better. He has his girlfriend and his brother beside him.” Kemoy is a five-time Jamaican national champion who competed for the University of Arkansas and holds multiple Jamaican records on the track. He was also a 2016 Olympian representing Jamaica. 

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As of Tuesday morning, Kemoy is coherent but will remain in hospital. He reportedly has no memory of his fall during the race.