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Britain’s 2004 Olympic 4x100m gold medallist Darren Campbell is recovering in hospital after a bleed in the brain left him close to death.

In an interview with BBC Sport, the 44-year-old said he was “relieved to be alive” after having a seizure last Tuesday and requiring resuscitation.

Campbell, who won a total of 12 medals at Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth level during his successful sprinting career, added that his fitness had helped him to recover.

Darren Campbell [right] with Linsford Christie
Darren Campbell [right] with Linsford Christie
“I nearly died,” the BBC Radio 5 live presenter and pundit told BBC Sport. “You have to give thanks. That is how close it was.

“The doctors have said if I wasn’t so fit, I wouldn’t be here. I was always going to fight. As long as the doctors were fighting, I’d fight.”

Campbell was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014 following a career which also saw him claim Olympic 200m silver in 2000, European 100m gold in 1998 and world 100m bronze in 2003.

Source: AW

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