Team GB star Taylor Campbell sells Tokyo Olympics merch to raise funds for Commonwealth Games

A Team GB Olympian is auctioning off some of his Tokyo 2020 merchandise to fund his preparations for the Commonwealth Games. 

British hammer thrower Taylor Campbell revealed on Friday that he is selling off his phone and earphones on eBay and posted the link on his Twitter profile.

The 25-year-old, who failed to qualify for the final in Tokyo, is offering a limited edition Samsung Galaxy S21 with the Olympic rings etched onto it as well as wireless earbuds.

Team GB hammer thrower Taylor Campbell is selling off his Tokyo Olympics merchandise

Team GB hammer thrower Taylor Campbell is selling off his Tokyo Olympics merchandise

Team GB hammer thrower Taylor Campbell is selling off his Tokyo Olympics merchandise

The highest bid currently stands at £3,030, which will go some way to help the former receptionist prepare for next year’s Commonwealth Games. 

Campbell, the current British hammer-throwing champion, had to break into his own savings to get to Tokyo but is now back in the UK after finishing 14th in his heat. 

He is currently unemployed and looking for jobs, but is hoping the Samsung phone – which all athletes were given by the Olympics sponsors – will sell for several thousands of pounds to allow him to continue training.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: ‘I get some funding from UK Sport but it’s not enough to live off.

The 25-year-old is offering a Samsung phone with the Olympic rings on it and ear buds

The 25-year-old is offering a Samsung phone with the Olympic rings on it and ear buds

The 25-year-old is offering a Samsung phone with the Olympic rings on it and ear buds

‘It has blown up a bit and there has been an overwhelming amount of support.’

Campbell, who won the Muller British Athletics Championships in June, with a stadium record throw of 75.10m, admitted the Games was an ‘amazing’ but ‘strange’ experience as he reflected on his time in Tokyo.

He added: ‘Unfortunately making it to the Olympics doesn’t get you any more money, you do it for the pride.

‘I am an iPhone guy and the Samsung will have just sat in a box as memorabilia, so I put it on eBay.

Campbell failed to qualify for the final in Tokyo, finishing in 14th position in his heat

Campbell failed to qualify for the final in Tokyo, finishing in 14th position in his heat

Campbell failed to qualify for the final in Tokyo, finishing in 14th position in his heat

‘It was a unique one – this Olympics was more about the journey to get there,’ he said.

‘The experience was a strange one but I did enjoy it because I had a good roommate.

‘We didn’t get to see any of Tokyo and were in our room.

‘The village was a bit more relaxed but some athletes did find it tough.’

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