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UK Athletics

Campbell announces retirement

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Darren Campbell, 32 decided to end his illustrious career, that spanned 15 years by winning the 100m at the Celtic Cup in Grangemouth on Thursday 17 August.

His international career began in 1991 as a junior, when he was double European Junior Champion; a year later he was runner up to Ato Boldon at both 100m and 200m at the World Junior Championships. His Olympic debut came in 1996, when he was selected for the 4 x 100m relay. A year later, he ran the second leg on the bronze medal winning British team at the World Championships. His potential over 200m came to fruition at the Sydney Olympics, when he smashed his personal best in the quarter final, clocking 20.13 seconds and then won a magnificent Silver in the final, in 20.14 seconds.


One of his best memories was anchoring the England 4 x 100m relay team to victory at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, a photo finish split Campbell and the fast finishing Asafa Powell from Jamaica, in his home city in 2002. Winning the 4 x 100m relay on a magical night in Athens at the Olympic Games in 2004 was another fantastic moment, plus winning the European 100m title in 1998.


Talking in Grangemouth on Thursday night, Campbell said: "That was definitely my last race,"

"I decided to call it a day because I'm emotionally drained." He continued: "I got a bit misty-eyed in the warm-up when I realised it was all going to come to a close. "It's good to end your career with people who are just going out to do their best."


Campbell's unexpected announcement came as a shock to UK Athletics Performance Director Dave Collins, who is in Beijing for the World Junior Championships. "I had a conversation with my staff on Thursday and we were making arrangements to say farewell to Darren with a big bang celebration in Birmingham," he said. Collins added: "He's been a great servant of the sport and I am sure he will retain his interest as his input has proved invaluable in the past.”


Chief Executive of UK Athletics, David Moorcroft said: “Darren has enjoyed an outstanding career in athletics. He has been a fantastic leader of the British relay team for many years, which culminated in Gold at the 2004 Olympics. “His run over 200m in Sydney to take the Silver medal was sensational. Darren was an athlete who could consistently raise his game when it mattered most. I would like to wish him well for the future.”