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Euro call for Chambers

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Dwain Chambers is set to compete at the European Championships in only his fourth appearance since returning from his drugs ban as his value to the British team was underlined when his fellow sprinters failed to impress at the Norwich Union London Grand Prix.


The 28-year-old was chosen to represent Great Britain after convincing the selectors he had made sufficient progress in his recovery from the thigh injury he sustained at the Norwich Union trials in Manchester earlier this month.


Twenty-three names were added to the Norwich Union GB team in the second wave of selections, the highest-profile of which were Chambers, Jade Johnson, silver medallist four years ago in Munich, in the long jump, Michael East in the 1,500 metres and Richard Hill over 800m while Christian Malcolm will not travel to Sweden because of injury.


Chambers withdrew from the final of the 100 metres as a precaution in Manchester and in his absence Marlon Devonish claimed the sprint double before withdrawing from the shorter sprint to concentrate on the 200m at the championships in Gothenburg next month.


Tyrone Edgar and Mark Lewis-Francis, second and third behind Devonish, were then selected leaving one place up for grabs which Chambers was awarded thanks to his performance of 10.07 seconds in Gateshead on his first race since his two-year suspension for testing positive for designer drug THG.


Chambers' time is the fastest by a Briton this summer and will put him in with a chance of a medal alongside the likes of Portuguese Olympic silver medallist Francis Obikwelu and Ronald Pognon of France.


His value was underlined when none of the seven Britons competing in the 100m at Crystal Palace failed to even make the final although the event in Gothenburg will provide mixed emotions for the Islington-born athlete.


Four years ago, Chambers claimed his first major gold medal, setting a championship record of 9.96secs in Munich to seal the European title.

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