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Chambers targeting return

18 September 2006

By David Martin

Dwain Chambers is still eager to represent Great Britain in the 4x100 metres relay, despite being banned from competing in future Olympics after a two-year drugs suspension.

And that news will give UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins a headache as he tries to build a British squad good enough to defend the Olympic 4x100m title in 2008.

Collins' remit also includes achieving major medal successes at next year's World Championships which might tempt him to include Chambers in the side.

Chambers returned to competition this summer after completing a his punishment for using the designer drug THG to enhance his performances. The 28-year-old Londoner is determined to restore his reputation and last month voluntary stepped in to help the injury-hit Britain relay side at the European Championships, running a solid first leg as gold was secured.

Chambers was in action again in Athens yesterday, representing Team Europe at the IAAF World Cup with Dwayne Grant, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis.

The quartet posted a season's fastest 38.45 seconds, although they were no match for the USA foursome who set a meeting record of 37.59secs.

But the Brits have talent and the ability to improve on the relay bronze they claimed a year ago in Helsinki when they compete in next year's World Championships in Osaka.

Chambers is aware UKA must build a team who can defend their Olympic crown and believes he has lots to offer as an individual and relay runner.

He is buoyant about his chances of running in Osaka, saying the new quartet had enjoyed the build-up to Athens, where the spirit was good.

He said: "Coming together and building the team camaraderie is good for me and the team."

"I'm hoping we can go from strength to strength here onwards."

And he insisted that he was determined to retain his international place. "I just want to make sure by my performances, I let the selectors know I want to be part of the set-up - that's what I'm focusing on."

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