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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 20:37 GMT 21:37 UK
Chambers misses out on Malaga win
Dwain Chambers
Chambers paid for a slow start
Dwain Chambers snatched second place for Great Britain on his return to international athletics in the men's 100m at the European Cup on Wednesday.

He got off to a poor start but finished strongly to come home behind France's Ronald Pognon, who took victory in Malaga in a time of 10.13 seconds.

Chambers, 28, has only just completed a two-year ban for doping offences.

But he was named in the British team after impressing at Gateshead on his competitive return earlier this month.

Chambers, who was suspended for taking THG, was not happy with his run.

"This was disappointing," said the Londoner after making his first appearance in a British vest for almost three years.

"There was no gas in my legs. But of course I expected ups and downs. There was a lot of expectations placed upon me."

Natasha Danvers-Smith won the 400m for Britain in 55.65 seconds.
Natasha Danvers-Smith won the 400m for Britain in 55.65 seconds.
Chambers pipped Russian Andrey Yepishin for second spot, although both sprinters were credited with the same time of 10.19secs.

There were no victories for the British men on day one of the two-day event in Malaga.

Their only other podium finishes were the third places from high jumper Germaine Mason and the 4x100m relay squad of Tim Abeyie, Marlon Devonish, Christian Malcolm and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

Britain, who need to finish in the top two to qualify for September's IAAF World Cup final, are fifth overall with 51 points. Russia lead with 71, with Poland in second on 54.

The newly-promoted women's team were boosted by wins from Jo Pavey and Natasha Danvers-Smith.

Pavey added to Danver's 400m hurdles success by winning the 3000m with a controlled display of first front running.

There were also second places for 100m runner Joice Maduaka and Nicola Sanders in the 400m.

But the side were languishing in seventh place overall and in danger of relegation at the end of the first day.

Becky Lyne fell in the 800m and was second last while the 4x100m relay quartet failed to finish following a baton mix-up.

The women are on 49 points, with Russia chasing a 10th successive victory at the top of the leaderboard on 83.

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