Wednesday June 27, 2012
Briton Chambers omitted from European 100m
LONDON: Sprinter Dwain Chambers has been left out of Britainís team for the individual 100m at the European championships in Helsinki which started yesterday.
The British champion, who was given a two-year doping ban in 2003 for taking the designer steroid THG, said at the weekend he hoped to run in Finland in order to try and achieve the Olympic qualifying A standard of 10.18 seconds.
Instead, Chambers was only selected on Monday as part of the 4x100m relay squad in a trimmed-down team announced by UK Athletics (UKA) after he had been included in the initial 109-member party named before the Olympic trials staged over the weekend.
Chambers won the trials in a time of 10.25 seconds on Saturday but has yet to record the qualification time this year which would earn him automatic selection for the Games.
However, the 34-year-old former world indoor 60ms champion bettered the A standard last year.
Former world youth champion Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Mark Lewis-Francis, seventh and sixth in the trials respectively, have been selected for the Europeans. ó Reuters