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  Dwain Chambers denies using drugs
Updated 22 October 2003, 17.21
Dwain Chambers
Sprinter Dwain Chambers has said he has failed a drugs test but didn't take a banned drug on purpose.

The British star tested positive for a steroid called tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) which athletes can't use.

In a statement read out by his lawyer, Chambers said he has never used illegal drugs to make him run quicker.

The strong medal hope for the Olympics in Athens, Greece in 2004 faces a two-year ban from the sport if a second sample is positive too.

The newspaper said Chambers tested positive in an out-of-competition test in Germany in August earlier this year.

The drug THG is very new and drugs testers have only recently been able to test for it.

Chambers is European 100m champion
Chambers is European 100m champion
Steroids help athletes train harder and more often, and help them build bigger muscles to make them more powerful.

When athletes are tested for drugs their sample is split into two and if the first A-sample shows drugs then the second B-sample is tested too.

If that proves positive then a ban is very likely, and the British Olympic Association ban people who break drug rules from the Olympics for life.

Great Britain would also lose the 4x100m relay silver medals they won at the recent World Athletics Championships because Chambers was part of the team.

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