After the International Paralympic Committee decided to drop the Pentathlon in 2008, Jeremy Campbell had to re-evaluate his athletic career. Campbell literally had to “throw out” some important events in his life and focus on Discus.
His new found determination to conquer the Discus (F44), led him to check off major achievements as an athlete. Not only did he smash the Discus (F44) World Record, he is also the first Paralympic athlete to throw over 60m (196’10”) with the distance of 63.46m (208’2″). Following this feat he was not only nominated for, but also won the 2013 ESPY award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. “Winning it this time [after prior nominations] was overwhelming. It is such an honor and so exciting to realize that my performance is being recognized…As well as disabled sports making some noise in the USA!” Campbell said.
This being said, Campbell is not training just to be stronger and faster like any other athlete. He is looking to move beyond the Paralympic competitions, move from the 1.5k to the 2k discus, and compete against able-bodied athletes. His perfectionist antics and desire for consistency are ideal ingredients to become a competitor at the trials for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.