BARCELONA, Spain - Jamaican 800m runner Semoya Campbell was taken to an area hospital here in Barcelona this morning after complaining of not feeling well and reportedly had problems walking.
Campbell had qualified with 2 minutes 06.18 seconds on Tuesday’s first day for the semi-finals of the 800m to be run here today on the second day of the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships but after she failed to show up for the race, head coach Michael Dyke told Jamaican reporters that the Spalding High runner had been taken to a nearby hospital by team officials including team doctor Lincoln Cox.
Another athlete, 400m hurdler Javarn Gallimore was also take to the medical area at the Olympic stadium after he collapsed about 30 minutes after running his opening heat and qualifying for the second round. His condition as well as Campbell's was not immediately known however.
When asked about Campbell's condition, Dyke said he was unsure of what exactly occurred but that the athlete was on her way to the track in the team bus when she started complaining of not feeling well just around 10:00 am local time (3:00 am Jamaica time).
Efforts to contact Cox or assistant coach Kirk Douglas who was reportedly with her at the time proved futile but Dyke and other team officials promised to keep the media up to date on Campbell's condition.
Campbell was one of several athletes who complained of 'flu like symptoms' on Tuesday’s opening day of the championships.
There are three hospitals in close proximity to the Olympic stadium, Vall D’ Hebron, Sant Pau and Santa Creu but it was also unsure which facility she was taken to.