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Chambers ready for European test

6 August 2006
bbc.co.uk

Dwain Chambers will seek to regain the title he lost after failing a drugs test when the European Championships begin in Sweden on Monday.

The Briton won gold in the 100m and the 4x100m relay four years ago but was stripped of both titles and banned for two years for taking steroids.

The 28-year-old has overcome a niggling thigh injury and will run in the first round at 0935 BST in Gothenburg.

The seven-day event will be opened with a lavish ceremony on Sunday evening.

Chambers, the second fastest European this year after Portugal's Francis Obikwelu, admits his chances of regaining his crown have been hit by an injury he picked up during last month's AAAs trials in Manchester.

"I'm definitely running on Monday and we'll see what happens then," he said. "But I've had too much treatment for my liking."

Mark Lewis-Francis, the 23-year-old former world junior champion, will also compete in the 100m on Monday, and like Chambers has something to prove.

"I've been training really hard, although I've not been happy with the way I've been running," he said.

"I'm much stronger since switching to a new coach but I seem to have lost touch with speed."



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