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Dwain's battle of the mind
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Dwain Chambers celebrates his European gold in Munich
All those early mornings were worth it Dwain

The hardest thing a sprinter has to put up with is knowing you train all year just to run nine seconds.

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And then you get stuck in the blocks and it can be all over.

You must learn from experience, give it your best shot and enjoy every moment.

Athletics was not something I entirely liked at first because I hated training. I still do.

I never considered taking it up, but I kept enjoying it and in 1993, I went to a track and have been doing it ever since.

It's not always easy though.

I get up sometimes and I can't be bothered to train. Sometimes I hate competing but I just love winning.

Maurice Greene and Dwain Chambers hug after a race
Respect is due to Maurice - but not too much

If I don't train then I think somebody else is doing a session and you can't afford to do that.

The most important thing before a race is concentration and relaxation. You cannot be worried about anything.

The 1998 Europeans was my first major championship and the crowd actually intimidated me.

And over time, I've learned to talk to the crowd rather than get scared and that relaxes me.

When you're in the blocks, there's no point thinking about your weaknesses.

What you practice during the winter is what will happen on the track. You cannot change anything.

I try to forget who I'm running against but you still have to be aware of where your rivals are.

Dwain Chambers salutes his European victory in Munich
Who's number 1 Dwain?

At the 1999 Worlds in Seville, I knew Maurice Greene was going to win and Bruny Surin would also be up there.

I knew bronze could be mine. And it was.

I feel as though I'm now in a position where I can win the Worlds and the Olympics.

So I'm not worrying about anybody else on the track and that's when the pressure comes in.

You're trying to get to that line before anybody else and it's the hardest thing to endure.

I do respect the ability of all other runners but not on the track.

As soon as I get out there I'm not anybody's friend.

I don't train to beat or hate runners like Maurice - hatred doesn't work.

I train to be the fastest man in the world.

Dwain's facts
Born: 5.4.78 in Islington, London
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 83kg
Club: Belgrave Harriers
100m PB: 9.94secs
Olympics: 4th in 2000
Worlds: Bronze in 1999
Euro Champs: Gold in 2002, silver in 1998

Did you know?
Dwain's inspirations are Linford Christie, John Regis and Mike McFarlane and his perfect athlete is Michael Johnson

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I was only born and bred for sprinting. Usually the 100m because 200m is too far
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Dwain Chambers
100m star

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