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Chambers: Don't take me to Euros if I'm not fit

ESPN staff
February 17, 2013
Dwain Chambers narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Olympic 100m final in London © Getty Images

Dwain Chambers has told selectors not to bother taking him to the European Indoor Championships in March unless they believe he has a genuine chance of a medal.

Chambers, 34, won silver over 60m in 2011 but in his latest outing at the British Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday he failed to make the final.

His time of 6.81secs was only good enough for fifth place in his semi-final and after missing the trials for the Europeans in Sheffield because of a back injury, it looks unlikely that the 2000 Olympic 100m finalist will recover his speed in time to be a serious threat in Sweden.

"I will only want to go if I am 100%," Chambers said. "My only aim is to win a medal. The selectors have to make a calculated call and if I'm not fit then there is no point selecting me."

After his fifth place in Birmingham Chambers added: "It's been rather difficult because I'm not used to injuries. But as you start to get older and a little bit more mature in your event, these things happen.

"These are just lessons learned for me and I just have to take this as an experience and learn to improve from there."

Other medalists from the Paris meeting in 2011 are also doubts for Gothenburg with double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah ignoring the event completely, instead pursuing marathon racing as a way of preparing for the outdoor season.

Gold medalists from two years ago Helen Clitheroe, over 3000m, and Jenny Meadows, over 800m, are yet to decide whether they want to compete.

Without them, Britain's medal hopes will centre on Holly Bleasdale in the pole vault, Robbie Grabarz in the high jump and Shara Proctor in the long jump.

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