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Chambers shines at indoor trials

EUROPEAN INDOOR TRIALS & UK CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Sheffield EIS Arena Date: 14-15 February
Coverage: Channel Four and BBC Sport website

Dwain Chambers
Chambers ran 6.51s in the semi-final and final

Dwain Chambers was in stunning form to win the 60m in a personal best 6.51 seconds at the European Indoor Trials and UK Championships in Sheffield.

He equalled the world's quickest time this year run by American Mike Rodgers.

Tyrone Edgar (6.64) and Simeon Williamson (6.66) trailed home in a final missing Craig Pickering who was disqualified in the semi-finals.

Injury forced triple jumper Phillips Idowu and long jumper Greg Rutherford to withdraw from the event on Saturday.

It is the first event for UK Athletics' new head coach Charles van Commenee ahead of the European Indoors Championships in Turin which begin on 6 March.

The men's 60m showdown was an intriguing one with the winner Chambers now the only athlete guaranteed selection, with up to two more athletes per event selected on 23 February and announced the following day.

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Despite a life ban from the Olympic Games because of a doping offence, Chambers is still eligible to represent GB at other international events.

Looking forward to being selected for the Italian event, Chambers said: "It's important I strive for gold and hopefully that's what I'll do. I'm very pleased with my performance today. It's an indication of what I can do."

The 30-year-old sprinter was prevented from competing at the international meet in Glasgow two weeks ago after being banned from competitions organised by the EuroMeets Consortium following his drugs suspension.

After cruising in his first heat in 6.53, he stepped up the pace and won both the semi-final and final in 6.51s.

Pickering, the one sprinter with the form to have troubled Chambers after his 6.57s in Glasgow, but after being disqualified in the semi-final with a false-start he said he was "distraught, gutted and down".

Kelly Sotherton, fourth in the heptathlon in Beijing and struggling with a back injury, was second behind Gemma Bennett in the 60m hurdles final, but endured a disappointing long jump.

In a competition won by Kelly Proper with a leap of 6.44m, Sotherton registered just one legal jump of 4.73m in five attempts before passing on her final jump. The heptathlete will also compete in the shot and high jump.

Kelly Sotherton
Sotherton in action again after missing the Glasgow meet two weeks ago

Darwin Edwards won the high jump with a season's best leap of 2.22m, while Tasha Danvers, 400m hurdles bronze Olympic medallist last year, failed to progress in the 800m with Jenny Meadows qualifying in the heats' best time of 2:04.19.

Joice Maduaka impressed throughout the qualifiers of the women's 60m and won the final in 7.36s ahead of Elaine O'Neill and Ailis McSweeney.

Marilyn Okoro was the quickest in the women's 400m semi-final with 53.30s, while Richard Buck impressed with 47.52s in the men's 400m ahead of Sunday's finals.

The event was sadly missing two big stars after Rutherford was admitted to hospital on Thursday with a virus, while Idowu, silver medallist in the triple jump in Beijing, pulled out with a knee injury, but only as a precautionary measure.



see also
Chambers would give up relay spot
01 Feb 09 |  Athletics
Chambers triumphs in Birmingham
31 Jan 09 |  Athletics
Sotherton relishes coach's return
14 Jan 09 |  Athletics
Athletics on the BBC
28 Oct 08 |  Athletics


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