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Chambers included in GB Euro team

Dwain Chambers set a personal 60m best of 6.51 seconds in the trials in Sheffield earlier in February
Chambers set a personal 60m best of 6.51 seconds earlier in February

Dwain Chambers has been named in Great Britain's team for the European Indoor Championships in Turin on 6-8 March.

An injury to Tyrone Edgar means Craig Pickering and Simeon Williamson will line up alongside gold-medal favourite Chambers in the 60 metres.

Injured Kelly Sotherton is a doubt for the pentathlon, but knee problems mean triple-jumper Phillips Idowu is out.

Marilyn Okoro, Jenny Meadows and Mo Farah are included after impressing at the Aviva Grand Prix at the weekend.

"A year ago ahead of the world indoors championship, they looked for ways to keep Chambers out - this time under new coach Charles van Commenee, there was no such opposition," said Five Live's Athletics correspondent Mike Costello.

"Chambers guaranteed his place with brilliant performance in the trials 10 days ago, and heads to Turin as gold medal favourite."

Farah performed superbly at the event in Birmingham, slashing his own British 3,000m indoor record by 6.52 seconds in clocking seven minutes 34.47 seconds.

Okoro and Meadows set personal bests in Birmingham, with Okoro just 0.06secs outside the British record held by double-Olympic champion Kelly Holmes.

Time to forgive Chambers - Van Commenee

Olympic triple jump silver medallist and defending indoor champion Idowu has not competed this season and a knee injury has forced his exclusion.

Sotherton missed Birmingham's Grand Prix with a heel injury and has delayed a decision on whether she will be participating in Italy next month.

Speaking before the team was announced, Van Commenee said Chambers' doping ban should be left in the past and he should be welcomed back into the squad with open arms.

Commenee told the BBC: "He's obviously our strongest candidate for gold in Turin.

"The man has done something wrong, he's served his sentence, he's shown remorse and that's how it goes in life."

GB team for European Indoor Championships, 6-8 March, Turin:

Men:60m: Dwain Chambers, Craig Pickering, Simeon Williamson 400m: Richard Buck, Nick Leavey 1500m: Neil Speaight, Chris Warburton 3000m: Mark Draper, Mo Farah, Nick McCormick 60m hurdles: Allan Scott, Andy Turner High Jump: Martyn Bernard, Samson Oni Pole Vault: Steve Lewis Long Jump: Greg Rutherford, Chris Tomlinson Shot: Carl Myerscough 4x400m: Buck, Dale Garland, Leavey, Nigel Levine, Phil Taylor.

Women: 400m: Donna Fraser 800m: Jennifer Meadows, Marilyn Okoro 1500m: Hannah England, Susan Scott 3000m: Katrina Wootton 60m hurdles: Gemma Bennett, Sarah Claxton Pole Vault: Kate Dennison Long Jump: Jade Johnson Pentathlon: Kelly Sotherton 4x400m: Vicki Barr, Tara Bird, Fraser, Kim Wall, Dawn Wilson

see also
Banishing the Beijing demons
22 Feb 09 |  Athletics
Our man at the Grand Prix
22 Feb 09 |  Athletics
Which athletes will star in 2009?
20 Feb 09 |  Athletics
Farah breaks record in Birmingham
21 Feb 09 |  Athletics

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