Beijing 2008 – Chambers cruises into GB trial semis
Dwain Chambers, seeking to overturn his Olympic ban foroping, eased into the 100 metres semi-final at the GB Olympic trials in Birmingham.
Chambers, who achieved the Olympic standard in Sofia recently, clocked 10.14 seconds to keep his bid for an all-important qualifying spot in Saturday’s semi-finals and final well on track.
“I can go home and relax and prepare mentally for tomorrow,” said Chambers.
“I just have to deal with the most important thing, which is competing, and not worry about the end result. I’m just hoping for a good performance this weekend.”
The 30-year-old sprinter is trying to obtain a High Court injunction to lift the ban for testing positive for the banned steroid THG, which would allow him to compete at the Beijing Olympics next month.
But the appeal will be rendered meaningless unless he captures one of the two top spots at the Birmingham trials.
“It’s going to be a hard task but I’m confident in what I’m capable of doing at my end, which is to cross the line first,” Chambers said.
The British squad for the Games will be named on Monday but UK Athletics may delay naming its 100m team until after the High Court ruling, which will be made known next Wednesday.
“Knowing my judgement is to be decided on Wednesday (is hanging over me) but I’m trying to block it out,” Chambers added.