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Great Britain selects Chambers for Berlin sprint double

29 July 2009

By Glen Andrews, World-Track

LONDON – Dwain Chambers has been named in a 60-member Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for next month’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

Chambers has been selected to race in both 100m and 200m dash, despite pulling out of the half-lap at the UK trials.

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee said the sprinter has more than enough qualifying times in both events and should be given his chance to compete.

"This team has been selected to give us the best possible results at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin," said Van Commenee

"I expect to see athletes demonstrating their ability to perform at the highest level under pressure.

"Of course we are on a long-term journey to 2012, but we can’t wait three years for the medals and performances, I want to see both in Berlin and then more next year and the year after until we get to London. This is our first staging post on our toughest ever journey."

The 31-year-old who has four qualifying standard times joins trials winner Simeon Williamson and Tyrone Edgar in the 100m and Marlon Devonish and Toby Sandeman in the 200m.

World and Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu is said to be doubtful for the world championships, but has been selected despite struggling with a hamstring injury.

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