Campbell has broken the world record for discus multiple times in his career, most recently in May at the Desert Challenge Games. A congenital amputee (fibular hemimelia), he set his first world record in 2012, becoming the first para athlete to break the 60-meter barrier. He won gold in the event at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics and holds four World Championship gold medals. Campbell also was honored as Best Male Athlete With a Disability by ESPN in 2013. In 2008 he earned a gold medal in pentathlon, which has since been discontinued as a Paralympic discipline.
Away from the track:
Campbell is an avid reader, moviegoer, and golfer. His brother Caleb played in the NFL for the Detroit Lions.
In their own words:
“What we do isn’t a feel-good story. We’re athletes. We’re really breaking some boundaries and while doing that we’re overcoming all these obstacles, so in some ways it’s even more of a story than an able-bodied running with the same time. It’s just fascinating how we overcome these obstacles. So I think that once it does grow up a little here in the United States, it’s going to be big.”
“I grew up in a very athletic home. [Limb loss] never really held me back. From a physical standpoint, this is all I’ve ever known, so I didn’t have to relearn anything and I’ve never really had to excessively adapt to anything. Constantly being around sports and competition, I just adopted that mindset as if it was first nature.”
Prior Paralympics: 2008, 2012, 2016
- Sport: Track & Field
- Limb Difference: Right below knee
- DOB: 8/19/87
- Residence: Perryton, TX
- College: University of Central Oklahoma
- Classification: F64