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TEENAGE 800m run­ner Cameron Bell won bronze at the English Schools Cham­pi­onships this month de­spite be­ing ad­vised by doc­tors not to run for four weeks af­ter break­ing ribs in a car ac­ci­dent in April.

The Hal­lamshire ath­lete ran a PB of 1:51.60 at a BMC meet­ing in Stret­ford on April 25 but was in­volved in a road ac­ci­dent with his fa­ther, sis­ter and a friend on the way home.

He was knocked un­con­scious and his mum, Hazel, told AW: “Cameron sus­tained bro­ken ribs, soft tis­sue in­juries, con­cus­sion and he bit his tongue very badly. The hos­pi­tal told him not to run for at least four weeks.

“He was dev­as­tated. He missed the York­shire Cham­pi­onships, which he won last year, but in his fourth track race since the ac­ci­dent he won bronze at the English Schools.”

Cameron ran 1:54.26 at the event in Birm­ing­ham be­hind Will Crisp and win­ner Ricky Lu­takome.

“I am so proud of what he has achieved. He never gave up, he didn’t ex­pect to do well and he made me and his dad cry.”

Cameron Bell (71): English Schools medal be­hind win­ner Ricky Lu­takome (77)

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