Updated: 04/07/2012 12:18 | By pa.press.net

Chambers handed Olympic spot



Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012

Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012

Dwain Chambers has been named in the Great Britain athletics team for London 2012, 12 years on from his last appearance at an Olympic Games, but the stunning pick of Lynsey Sharp as the only athlete in the women's 800 metres provided the headline selection.

Controversial sprinter Chambers will compete over 100m in the capital next month after being included in a 71-strong squad for the Games named by the British Olympic Association.

Chambers, 34, finished fourth in the 100m in Sydney in 2000, but has not featured in the Olympics since following his two-year suspension for systematic drug use and the imposition of the BOA's lifetime ban. However, the BOA ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier this year, paving the way for him to compete at a home Olympics.

But the real story came in the women's 800m as former World Championship bronze medallist Jenny Meadows was among four athletes with the 'A' standard time left out in favour of Sharp.

Chambers was not able to secure his place in London automatically as, despite winning the trials in Birmingham, he failed to run the 'A' qualifying standard of 10.18 seconds.

However, that victory ahead of his domestic rivals as well as his past performances have proved enough to gain selection.

His place on the team had looked a certainty ever since he was given the option of not chasing the qualifying time at last week's European Championships in Helsinki.

Chambers was joined in the 100m by teenager Adam Gemili, the British number one this season, and James Dasaolu, who were second and third at the trials and have both run the 'A' standard.

Chambers said: ""It is a real honour to be selected as part of Team GB. For me representing my country in an Olympics is a privilege that should never be taken for granted. To be given the opportunity to do so in my home town has been a dream that at times has seemed very distant and is now a reality.

"It is now my responsibility to prepare fully for the 100m, the relay, to support all my fellow athletes and all my other colleagues within Team GB. It is a very proud day and I thank the selectors for the confidence and faith they have placed in me."

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03/07/2012 16:06
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If I doped my horse to make go faster to win more money I would be criminalised and banned from racing.

Athletics along with most other sports are driven by the cash rewards in sponsorship and prizes. To enhance your performance above your natural ability for potential financial gain should be illegal as well as is morally wrong. If a person uses any drug for pleasure or performance improvement and not finacial gain, than so be it, I.E. as happens with non-competitive body building or recreational use (but stupid because of the life threataning side effects). He should stay banned.

03/07/2012 16:07
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@Sean_wheeler. If a child molester gets out of jail, you don't give him a job as a childminder. Coming out with BS about "god" having mercy is nonsense. If such a figment of your imagination did exist,  I think you have your "judgement day" for that. Until then, it's peoples' judgements that count. I have no problem with Chambers doing anything he wants in his life, but that should exclude the thing he already had a chance at. Being allowed to compete again does not "redeem" anything. Even if he wins a gold, he's still a cheat. He always will be.
03/07/2012 17:26
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Can no body remember when Rio Ferdinand failed a drugs test? And now everyone is shouting for him to be back in the england team? Double standards from alot of people!
03/07/2012 18:20
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ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE CHEATS PLAYING THE SYSTEM AND USING CLEVER LAWYERS AT THE TAX PAYERS EXPENSE, HOPEFULLY HE WILL PULL A MUSCLE AND HAVE TO WITHDRAW
03/07/2012 16:38
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The British AA made their decision to ban this guy for life, which is their standard policy, if you take drugs to enhance your performance you are out!  Overturned by a European court, so the honest athletes now have to put up with a cheat, should not have been allowed, he knew the rules!

This sends the message out that it's OK to cheat, you'll get a couple of years suspension but then will be allowed back in as if nothing happened.

03/07/2012 17:50
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Golden opportunity lost by BOA to put two fingers to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Chambers has failed (several times) to achieve the A standard qualifying time so they could have refused to pick him on those ground s alone. They bottled it! Another victory for the drug cheats.
03/07/2012 17:49
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Chambers should do the decent thing and withdraw from the squad. Give a younger, honest athlete a chance.   I dont  want this DRUG ADDLED CHEAT representing my country.  Dwayne..........take a fast run off a short pier and crawl back under the rock you came from.

03/07/2012 16:44
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cheaters should be banned for life and thats the end of it regardless of its a small or large things banned is banned

 

ENOUGH SAID

03/07/2012 17:20
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Please can anyone tell me who is in this selection committee. ?
03/07/2012 19:07
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As a old staunch supporter of all things BRITISH it breaks my heart to say I will not support this British team with a proven drug cheat as one of its members.

I am ashamed to know that Chambers is supported by team G B.

03/07/2012 15:49
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Ok kids if you want to be an athlete take your  drugs  now and we will ban you for a couple of years

and then because we re so desperate to win we will let you run again.

Should have been banned for life  the cheating git.  Come Back Ben Foster all is fogiven.

I had a friend in the Air Force he got caught once. Lost his job and career.  No second chance for him.

Hope he faults in first heat. 1 less event I shall watch

03/07/2012 15:21
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waste of a good place ....should have gone to a NON CHEATER......rather come in second honestly than first by cheating.once a cheat always a cheat.

 

03/07/2012 16:43
03/07/2012 17:47
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lets have two sets of competitions

 those who never take drugs and are tested every time

those who want to run the fastest regardless of what they are doing to their bodies

we may see someone run the 100  metre's in 5 seconds

sorry Mr.. Chambers you should not be there

 

03/07/2012 15:40
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Bloody outragous...........I say this to the selectors "What message are you sending to our young athletes......Well if you dont know it's this......"Take drugs.."get caught"...."get Banned for life".......But dont worry......We will lift the ban for cheating with drugs...and you can carry on.......Bloody outragous...

 

In the Uk you gotta be a loser to be a winner........It's a sick society.......

03/07/2012 19:48
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what a load of rubbish a drugs cheat running for britain well he is not reprisenting me
03/07/2012 20:27
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Lets hope he false starts and gets withdrawn.  There are honest athletes and absolute cheats.  He will do it again !
03/07/2012 20:22
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Once a druggie...........always a druggie!

 

Nobody who cheated in their sport should ever be allowed to compete again for their country!

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Chambers handed Olympic spotDwain Chambers has been named in the Great Britain athletics team for London 2012, 12 years on from his last appearance at an Olympic Games, but the stunning pick of Lynsey Sharp as the only athlete in the women's 800 metres provided the headline selection.pa.press.net2012-07-04T12:18:172012-07-04T12:18:17Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named in the Great Britain athletics team for London 2012, 12 years on from his last appearance at an Olympic Games, but the stunning pick of Lynsey Sharp as the only athlete in the women's 800 metres provided the headline selection.Controversial sprinter Chambers will compete over 100m in the capital next month after being included in a 71-strong squad for the Games named by the British Olympic Association.Chambers, 34, finished fourth in the 100m in Sydney in 2000, but has not featured in the Olympics since following his two-year suspension for systematic drug use and the imposition of the BOA's lifetime ban. However, the BOA ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier this year, paving the way for him to compete at a home Olympics.But the real story came in the women's 800m as former World Championship bronze medallist Jenny Meadows was among four athletes with the 'A' standard time left out in favour of Sharp.Chambers was not able to secure his place in London automatically as, despite winning the trials in Birmingham, he failed to run the 'A' qualifying standard of 10.18 seconds.However, that victory ahead of his domestic rivals as well as his past performances have proved enough to gain selection.His place on the team had looked a certainty ever since he was given the option of not chasing the qualifying time at last week's European Championships in Helsinki.Chambers was joined in the 100m by teenager Adam Gemili, the British number one this season, and James Dasaolu, who were second and third at the trials and have both run the 'A' standard.Chambers said: ""It is a real honour to be selected as part of Team GB. For me representing my country in an Olympics is a privilege that should never be taken for granted. To be given the opportunity to do so in my home town has been a dream that at times has seemed very distant and is now a reality."It is now my responsibility to prepare fully for the 100m, the relay, to support all my fellow athletes and all my other colleagues within Team GB. It is a very proud day and I thank the selectors for the confidence and faith they have placed in me."seo_keywordsAthletics team Tu14Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012Dwain Chambers has been named the the squad for London 2012

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