SALISBURY, Md. – Former Salisbury University track & field standout Luke Campbell '16 was announced on Tuesday as a representative of Team Germany at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Campbell will compete in the 400-meter hurdles for Germany. The opening rounds of the event are set to begin on Thursday, July 29 as part of Session 2. The finals will begin on Monday, August 2 as part of Session 10. Coverage in the United States will be on the NBC family of networks.
"We are very proud of Luke Campbell's accomplishments as a student-athlete while at SU and now as a professional over the last five years," said Jim Jones, SU head track & field and cross country coach. "I know this is something he has been focused on since graduating and has worked extremely hard to get himself to this world-class level. We're so proud of him and to see that his hard work over the last few years has paid off to earn this opportunity to represent Germany at the Olympics in the 400 hurdles. He is a great competitor and we all will be rooting for him at the end of the month."
The most decorated athlete in Division III history, Campbell totaled 11 national championships and 16 All-American honors during his time at SU. Campbell will enter the Olympics as the eighth-ranked 400-meter hurdler in Europe and last competed on June 20 in Germany with a season-best time of 49.79 seconds in the event. Campbell also picked up a win in the 400 hurdles on June 12 in Switzerland when he crossed the line in 49.89 seconds.
"The feeling is almost indescribable after such a long journey," said Campbell. "It's been a long year of waiting, especially when it wasn't for sure that the games would even take place in 2021, but it's worked out in my favor and I'm excited to see a fitting end to this chapter."