Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Campbell Waits on the Selectors

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Campbell Waits on the Selectors

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Byline: By Simon Stone

Darren Campbell is facing an anxious time over his Olympic 200m place ( but the Sydney silver medallist believes he has done enough to convince the selectors he should be picked for the event.

Campbell was forced to pull out of the AAAs final in Manchester with a rib injury.

The Sale runner suffered the problem as he secured an Athens berth with a second-place finish in Saturday's 100m.

But the fears he expressed before the trials at being forced to race in both sprint events came to cruel reality when he did not make the start for the final in his favoured distance.

Campbell won his heat but aggravated the problem and took the advice of team doctors not to risk the injury in the final, which Chris Lambert won ahead of Christian Malcolm and Dwayne Grant.

With only the top two certain of their places at Athens, Campbell must wait to see if the selectors retain their faith in him when they finalise their team over the next week.

"When I fell yesterday, I grazed my arm and hurt my calf," he said. "But the impact of the fall meant I injured the right side of my neck.

"I spoke to the doctors but couldn't get a firm decision from the selectors about what to do, so I came out and ran.

"The doctors told me I had dislodged two ribs down my left side and they put them back for me but my balance was funny and when I came round the bend I was not in the right position.

"I could either be stupid and risk further damage or do the sensible thing and leave it in the selectors' hands. I think I have done enough and the doctors said I should think about the Olympic Games.

"Sometimes I am too headstrong. I wanted to run because the support for me in Manchester is amazing and I didn't think it would be a problem to be in the top three but it is not worth sacrificing the Olympic Games to run in the final here.

"The selectors have to look at what I have done in the past and also at the semi-final. It would be crazy if I had to run not fully fit. The statistics show I am in the best form of my life. I don't think I can be touched and I hope the selectors do the right thing. …

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