Dwain Chambers is targeting a place in the 100 metres final at London 2012 and even believes a medal is not out of reach, despite admitting his form this season has been way off the required standard.
The former drugs cheat has not run quicker than 10.25sec in the past six months, ranking him 132nd in the world this year — and half a second behind Yohan Blake’s world-leading time of 9.75 — but he is confident his major competition experience will prove invaluable.
Chambers said: ‘If I can sail through the heats comfortably, then get through the semi-final, then get to the final, anything can happen. It has to be (the goal). I’d like to get into the final.
‘Current form may show that I’m not in good shape, but physically and mentally I do feel in a position where I can go out there and perform. In previous years, I’ve always been able to. I’ve made numerous finals throughout my career. I still feel I have the ability, I’ve just got to do the best I know I can.’
The 34-year-old came in for stinging criticism from Denise Lewis after he ran 10.35sec in his last outing at the Crystal Palace Diamond League meet, with the 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion saying he did not justify his place in the squad.
Chambers said: ‘I have no response to that. I know why I didn’t perform; that’s because I just wasn’t clicking at the time. I can’t make any excuse, I just ran poorly. My season just hasn’t gone the way I’d have wanted it to.’
Chambers, who was given his first Great Britain Olympic kit since Sydney 2000, added that sprint sensation Adam Gemili, who won the World Junior Championships this month in 10.05, is smart enough to avoid making the decisions that got Chambers a long ban after a similarly promising start.
Gemili said being on the cusp of running in the Olympic Stadium was ‘absolutely crazy’ but ‘the final is very possible’.
The 18-year-old added that a sub-10sec run ‘could come at the Olympics. Obviously, every sprinter wants to do it one day.’
Saturday, July 28, 2012
10:04 PM dhm