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World Indoor champion Dwain Chambers upbeat on invites

ATHLETICS WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Aspire Dome, Doha Date: 12-14 March
Coverage: Updates on BBC Radio 5 live. Watch live at telegraph.co.uk


Dwain Chambers wins in Doha
Chambers charges across the line in Doha with the world's fastest time this year

Britain's world indoor 60m champion Dwain Chambers is hopeful his form can lead to invitations to race in Europe.

The 31-year-old, subject to an Olympic ban and excluded from big meets after a two-year drug suspension in 2003, battled to gold on Saturday in Doha.

On negotiations to run in the lucrative Diamond League, he told the BBC: "We've had a lot of positive responses.

"I've just got to be patient and put out a good enough time that will hopefully warrant an invitation."

Talking to BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek, Chambers added: "I have to concentrate on the races I can participate in. We are working on building bridges and relationships.

"Firstly we're building a more positive relationship with UK Athletics and once we can do that then hopefully other opportunities will develop.

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"For now I'm going to enjoy the moment with the team."

Soon after Jessica Ennis won the pentathlon title on Saturday, the Londoner stormed home in 6.48 seconds to become world indoor sprint champion with the fastest time of the year and improve on the indoor silver he shared in 2008 in Valencia.

Those championships in Spain saw Chambers return to the track in a British vest after his drug suspension, but only after a legal dispute with the governing body to force his participation.

However, with a new UK Athletics chief at the helm in Charles Van Commenee, relations have improved and the sprinter is now hopeful of running in other competitions and being able to face Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt.

Declaring he was "back in love" with the sport after a brief spell in American football and rugby league, Chambers told BBC Radio 5 live: "One thing I know I can do is run fast and I just have to do the best I can with the opportunities I have.

"I'm here and inspiring others looking up at me and I'm moving on with my life. It's just the beginning."

Chambers still owes money to the International Association of Athletics Federations and, as it stands, can only compete at international championships, but after seven years of turmoil he is only bothered about the future.

"I'm running well but I've realised that what I've always had I almost lost. That is why it means so much to me every time I run," he added.

"I want to make use of all the time I've got in the sport. My next objective is to make the team for the European Championships in Barcelona."

Regarding the £27,000 earned for his exploits in Qatar over the weekend, the indoor European champion and world championship 100m finalist in Berlin insisted: "The medal is all that matters to me. Anything that comes after that is a bonus.

"I fought hard to get to the final and I had to fight hard to win. The money is a bonus because I need to support my family. But I'm here to stay and I'm loving it."

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Ennis was delighted to come through her five-event competition with gold having battled a niggling leg injury for three weeks in the build-up to Doha.

Having led from start to finish to beat Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska and Russian Tatyana Chernova, it was a stunning and comfortable victory for Ennis and follows her being crowned world outdoor champion in Berlin last summer.

Jessica Ennis
Ennis will be confident of winning gold in London in two years

Despite falling 54 points short of the 18-year-old world pentathlon record, she told Sportsweek: "It gives me confidence and gives me belief I have the ability that I can take on great heptathletes and come out on top.

"I knew I needed two minutes eight seconds in the 800m to break the record but it was a big ask.

"I gave it absolutely everything and left everything on the track - unfortunately it wasn't to be."

After the agony of missing the Beijing Games in 2008 because of an ankle fracture, Ennis is unconcerned with any perceived added pressures ahead of an Olympics on home soil.

"It is a lot of expectation and pressure and everybody is hoping all British athletes win lots of medals, but I've experienced a really low point of athletics," she said.

"I was injured in 2008 and then missed Beijing so I see it as a massive opportunity and I'm going to take it with both hands and just enjoy it."



see also
World Indoor athletics photos
14 Mar 10 |  Athletics
Meadows settles for Doha silver
14 Mar 10 |  Athletics
Ennis & Chambers win gold in Doha
13 Mar 10 |  Athletics
World Indoor athletics photos
13 Mar 10 |  Athletics
Where will records fall in Doha?
11 Mar 10 |  Athletics
Rival's drugs ban boosts Chambers
10 Mar 10 |  Athletics
Chambers sets 60m season's best
13 Feb 10 |  Athletics
Van Commenee laments Idowu loss
09 Mar 10 |  Athletics
Superb Ennis wins heptathlon gold
16 Aug 09 |  Athletics


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