EDMOND, Okla. — University of Central Oklahoma resident athlete and two-time Paralympic gold medalist Jeremy Campbell set a new world record in the men’s discus F44/42 on June 10 at the UCO Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities in Edmond, Okla.
On Sunday, Campbell broke the world record twice – a record that he set less than a month ago at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, England – first with a throw of 62.3m, and second with a throw of 63.45m.
“Once I saw that the distance of my first throw was longer than I thought, I knew it was going to be a good day,” Campbell, a native of Perryton, Texas, said.
“Breaking the record not only validates how hard I’ve been working, but also motivates me to keep pushing. My throw isn’t perfect – I can go farther.”
For Campbell, the location where he set the most recent world record is as important as the fact that he set it.
“The UCO Endeavor Games have always been a special event for me because this is where I first got started with the Paralympics,” Campbell said.
In 2003, Campbell attended the Endeavor Games for the first time, and was introduced to the idea of Paralympic Sport. After earning a spot on the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team, Campbell traveled to the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, where he earned two gold medals.
While three world record-setting throws in one month is a personal best for Campbell, this season’s competitive peak is yet to come. This fall, he hopes to represent the U.S. at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, which take place Aug. 29-Sept. 9.