Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dwain Chambers looks assured to compete in London

Chambers won the 100m at the weekend’s Olympic trials in Birmingham but did not achieve the ‘A’ standard of 10.18seconds to secure automatic qualification for London.
The 34-year-old was therefore expected to compete in the individual 100m in Helsinki this week to get the time before Sunday’s deadline – however, he was only named in the sprint relay team to strongly suggest selectors have already decided to pick him for the Games.
Teenager Adam Gemili, who finished second to Chambers at the weekend, is the only sprinter to be guaranteed a place in the 100m in London after running 10.08sec in Germany earlier this month.

The other two places now look likely to be handed to Chambers and James Dasaolu, the only other man to have the ‘A’ standard and who finished third at the trials.
Chambers had been banned from the Olympics under the British Olympic Association’s by-law, which barred drugs cheats for life before being overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in April.
Chambers said after the trials: ‘I would like to be selected outright. It’s been rough this summer. Running 10.18 is something I could do with my eyes closed but for some reason it’s just not materialising this year.’
source : metro.co.uk