Campbell to feed off teammate's success
LONDON, England — Two-time Paralympic medallist Tanto Campbell says he is hoping to 'ride the wave' of success started by his teammate, Men's F52/53 javelin champion Alphanso Cunningham, when he takes part in the F54/55/56 discus final at Olympic Stadium today as the 14th Paralympic Games continue.
Campbell, who will be seeking to medal in his third straight Games after successive bronze medals in 2004 in Athens, Greece and Beijing, China for years ago, says he is in good physical condition and hopes to at least "beat my personal best (40.42m) and get a medal".
He said Cunningham's success was "a big boost to us, it gave us a wave to ride on and we have to just feed off that energy now for our own success".
Based on past performances, Campbell says he knows he will have to work hard to get on the podium but, "I am full of surprises and always hoping to improve on my personal best". He, however, acknowledged he will be up against a strong field.
Cuba's world record-holder in the F56 class, Leonard Diaz, who has a life time best 44.36m is the class of the field, along with Iran's Ali Mohammad Yari, who has thrown 40.24m this season, while Egypt's Ibrahim Ibrahim has a season best 40.37m, the best performances this season by any of the 13 Men in the field.
Diaz, who set the world record while winning the event at the ParaPanAmerican Games last year in Mexico, is also the defending champion and record-holder with 40.87m set in Beijing in 2008.
The top eight athletes on distance after the first three throws will advance to the finals where they will get a further three throws.