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July 24, 2013

Banner week for UCO resident athlete Jeremy Campbell

ESPY Award and world championship gold medal added to trophy case

EDMOND — To say University of Central Oklahoma resident athlete Jeremy Campbell had a good week is an understatement. The three-time Paralympic gold medalist received an ESPY Award on July 17 for Best Male Athlete with a Disability and won a gold medal in the men’s discus F44 at the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Athletics World Championship in Lyon, France just four days later.

Campbell is credited as being the first Paralympian to throw the discus over 60 meters. Campbell also holds the world record for longest men’s F44 discus throw with a heave of 63.46 meters, which he broke at the 2012 UCO Endeavor Games.

He has won gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics and the Beijing 2008 Paralympics.

Cable television network ESPN presents the ESPY Awards each year, recognizing individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the year. Campbell was recognized alongside athletes in Miami Heat’s Lebron James, tennis star Serena Williams and Olympic swimming icon Michael Phelps.

“I am so excited and honored to have won the ESPY this year. I was not expecting it, so it caught me off-guard which made it that much more exciting,” said Campbell.

“Thank you to everyone who voted for me and for all the support from UCO."           

The gold at the world championships marked another momentous achievement for Campbell.

“This is my first title so it is extremely awesome. I came into this year with a goal and this was it so I am happy to be walking away with what I wanted. The throw wasn’t where I would have liked to be, but it was enough to win the title. I know I can do better but I am happy to be a world champion.”

The University of Central Oklahoma became an official U.S. Olympic Training Site in July 2009, and has been an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site since ‘05. At UCO, athletes can train for Olympic volleyball and archery and any Paralympic sport. Currently, Central hosts 16 resident athletes in the Paralympic sports of sitting volleyball, archery, and track and field.           

For more information on UCO’s Olympic and Paralympic programs, visit www.ucotrainingsite.com.

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