Thursday 9 April, 2020

Santana Campbell strikes silver for Jamaica at Parapan American Games

Jamaica's Santana Campbell (left) displays her silver medal at the medal ceremony for the women's F55 javelin competition.

Jamaica's Santana Campbell (left) displays her silver medal at the medal ceremony for the women's F55 javelin competition.

The regional record holder in the women's F56 javelin, Jamaica's Santana Campbell, was in a no-nonsense mood on Wednesday night when she entered the circle for the event at the Parapan American Games, which are now winding down in Lima, Peru.

For Campbell, it was an opportunity to assert her authority in announcing her candidacy for a medal in the Dubai World Para Athletics which will take place in November and she seized it.

She sailed the javelin to a Pan American record in her Class F55, the distance being 18.00 metres and in so doing secured the silver medal.

"Thanks to the JPA (Jamaica Paralympic Association) team and coach Sinclair for the support and belief in me. Somethings I will need to improve upon for November's World Championship and next year's Paralympic Games, but for the moment I am pleased," a reserved Campbell said.

The path of Campbell has been somewhat remarkable as she only started the sport some two years ago.

JPA President, Christopher Samuda, praised Campbell.

"By no means an assertive personality and perhaps that is one of her strengths as this allows her to focus sharply, remain humble and to say to herself I am always striving for gold."

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