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Chambers out of Commonwealth Games

ESPN staff
July 22, 2014
Dwain Chambers' fifth consecutive British title victory earned him a place at the European Championships in August © PA Photos

British 100 metres champion Dwain Chambers will not compete at the Commonwealth Games having pulled out of the event to concentrate on the upcoming European Championships.

Chambers was part of the England men's 4x100m relay squad but has opted to pull out of the Glasgow event in order to hone his preparations for Zurich.

The 36-year-old recently claimed a fifth successive British title in Birmingham - his eighth overall - with a seasonal best time of 10.12 seconds, which was enough to see him qualify for the European Championships in August.

England Athletics are yet to name a replacement for Chambers.

Meanwhile, Jess Tappin will replace injured heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson in Glasgow. Tappin, a 24-year-old part-time personal trainer, was named after Johnson-Thompson withdrew from the Games with a foot injury.

Johnson-Thompson is currently the world No.1 and was a contender to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, which begin on Wednesday.

Welsh boxing gold medal hope Fred Evans has also been ruled out after being refused accreditation. Evans, the Olympic welterweight silver medallist, will not feature after checks were carried out by the Home Office and Games officials.

The reasons for the refusal have yet to be determined. In April, Evans was ordered to pay £1,228 in fines and costs after he admitted his part in a nightclub assault in Birmingham.

Wales team boss Brian Davies said: "The key Welsh and British sporting agencies have been supportive in our attempts to get Fred to the Games and we are bitterly disappointed at the outcome.

"Fred is a world-class boxer and has handled this difficult situation in a very disciplined manner - we thank him for his professionalism and wish him all the best for his future ambitions."

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