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European Athletics 2010: Dwain Chambers reaches semis

European Athletics Championships 2010
Venue: Barcelona Dates: 27 July - 1 August
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Dwain Chambers

Chambers eases through 100m heat

British sprint trio Dwain Chambers, Mark Lewis-Francis and James Dasaolu all made it to the 100m semi-finals on day one at the European Championships.

Chambers qualified as heat winner in Barcelona with Lewis-Francis second and Dasaolu third in their races.

Martyn Rooney, Michael Bingham and Conrad Williams made it through to the 400m semis in the morning session.

There was further success in the 800m with Jenny Meadows and Jemma Simpson both qualifying for Friday's final.

Chambers was impressive in winning his heat, the first of the evening session, crossing in 10.21 with Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre the fastest of the 100m sprinters.

Christophe Lemaitre & Mark Lewis-Francis

Mark Lewis-Francis comes second in 100m heat

"It's a case of playing your cards right and keeping your head cool and negotiating each heat without getting hurt," Chambers told BBC Sport.

"I know what I'm capable of and I know what Christophe is capable of but I'm confident. May the best man win."

Lemaitre won his heat in 10.19 second finishing ahead of Lewis-Francis who recorded a time of 10.23.

"I'm over the moon with that. I feel good, I'm a championship performer and it's great to be here," said Lewis-Francis.

Dasaolu knows he will have to run faster if he is to come through Wednesday's semi and qualify for the final on the same day.

Meanwhile, Meadows was second in her heat while Simpson ran impressively to win her race in a time of one minute 58.90 seconds.

"I'm peaking at the right time and I'm happy with how I'm performing. I now need to recover and it's set my confidence up for the final," Simpson told BBC Sport.

Meadows added: "The word relieved sums up how I'm feeling right now.

"I'm in quite good shape, I know that, but I've been on an absolute emotional rollercoaster with this Achilles injury I've had.

"I felt pretty good, I think I ran the long way round, it wasn't really 800m, but I've got three days rest now."

But Marilyn Okoro missed out after coming fourth in her heat with the time not quick enough to see her through as a fastest loser.

World champion Phillips Idowu and Nathan Douglas were also safely through to the triple-jump final after qualification on Tuesday as were high jump duo Martyn Bernard and Tom Parsons.

Mad for Chelsea

Idowu strolled through with an opening jump of 17.10 metres while Douglas needed slightly more time eventually leaping 16.80.

"That was the plan. On to the next stage," Idowu told BBC Sport.

"It was comfortable It feels like home. In the next couple of days the atmosphere may change a little bit."

Earlier in the men's 400m, Bingham won his heat in 45.49 while Rooney clocked 45.72 in finishing second behind Belgium's Kevin Borlee.

Williams looked less comfortable in finishing third in his heat in 46.35.

Rooney, who finished sixth in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and won relay silver at last year's World Championships, now has his sights set firmly on gold.

"I'm here to win - as simple as that," Rooney, 23, said. "It's there to be won so I should go in with high hopes.

"I ran to 300m today and then I stopped running, I did what I had to do. I think it's the first two that get the better lanes for the semis so that's what I needed to do."

Borlee and his identical twin brother Jonathan will be among Rooney's rivals for the medals, Jonathan having recorded the fastest time by a European this year with 44.77.

Martyn Rooney

Rooney cruises through 400m heats

Rooney's personal best is 44.60, which he set en route to the Olympic final, and the Londoner is delighted the same track from the Bird's Nest Stadium is being used in Barcelona. "It's beautiful, the best track in the world," he said.

Elsewhere, Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child reached the semi-finals of the women's 400m hurdles.

First and second respectively in the under-23 championships last year, both finished second in their heats on a hot morning in the Olympic stadium in Barcelona, with the temperature already approaching 30C.

Shakes-Drayton recorded a time of 55.35 while Child made light of being stuck out in lane eight to clock 55.82.

Meanwhile, former Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft, competing on a wildcard, managed a season-best leap of 6.62m to reach the long jump final.

Tuesday's timetable and results in full from European Athletics

Latest medal table

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