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The world of athletics is in shock after a long-distance runner needed to be revived on track after collapsing mid-race.
Jamaican runner Kemoy Campbell is in intensive care in hospital after collapsing and needing resuscitation during a race on Sunday.
Campbell, 28, was acting as the pace-setter during the men’s 3000m race at the Millrose Games in New York when the terrifying moment occurred.
Just after the 1000m mark, Campbell collapsed and fell off the track and onto the infield.
He was attended to by medical staff by the side of the track, before being taken from the arena on a stretcher.
According to reports, doctors used CPR and a defribulator on Campbell, reviving him on the track.
Kemoy Campbell revived and transported off the track after collapsing while rabbitting the 3k. Hope everything is ok 🙏 https://t.co/aEI8JbHpuT
— Johanna Gretschel (@jojo_shea) February 9, 2019
Let’s send prayers up for Kemoy Campbell everyone 🙏🏾
— Omar MrSilk McLeod (@Warrior_omz) February 9, 2019
Sending strength and all our best wishes to Kemoy Campbell and hoping he's okay 🙏 https://t.co/g6gxO7vCWQ
— SPIKES (@spikesmag) February 9, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to my running buddy @KemoyCampbell I hope its nothing bad and he feels better soon🙏🏼
— Paul Chelimo🇺🇸🥈🥉 (@Paulchelimo) February 9, 2019
Information on Kemoy Campbell is slow at this point. He’s being treated at a hospital across the street from the Armory in NY, the venue for the Millrose Games. I’ve received a second hand report that the athlete HAS a pulse. Trying our best to reach his handlers/family
— Andre Lowe (@AndreLoweJA) February 9, 2019
Kejelcha just misses world indoor record
Meanwhile, Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha just missed tying the world indoor mile record by a mere one-hundredth of a second.
Kenya’s Michael Saruni also clocked the third fastest indoor 800m of all-time as the young Africans highlighted the annual meet at Manhattan’s Armory track.
Kejelcha raced home in three minutes 48.46 seconds, the 21-year-old almost taking down Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s world record set in 1997 in Ghent, Belgium.
Saruni won the 800m in a national record 1:43.98.
Only Kenyan-born world record holder Wilson Kipketer of Denmark has run faster with times of 1:42.67 and 1:43.96 in 1997.