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Malcolm relieved relay blunder wasn't at Olympics

ESPN staff
July 2, 2012
Dwain Chambers and Christian Malcolm reflect on Britain's 4x100m relay blunder © PA Photos

Christian Malcolm admits another sprint relay failure is concerning but insists if mistakes are to be made it is better they occur before the Olympics.

Malcolm failed to successfully pass the baton to Dwain Chambers during the first changeover as Britain's 4x100m team blew a gold-medal chance at the European Championships on Sunday.

It was the third major championships in a row - and the fourth time in the last five - that Britain have not completed the relay but, although Malcolm accepted blame for the most recent failure, he said there was some solace taken from the fact it was not the Olympic Games.

"I'll take responsibility for what happened," he said. "I got caught a little bit coming round the turn. I lost momentum. It's my job to get the baton over to Dwain and I couldn't quite get it in. It's always the incoming runner's job to get it in. On this occasion I didn't do it.

"When you look at the winning time we definitely could have won. We're just completely gutted. But if you're going to make a mistake you'd rather make it here than at the Olympic Games. And this might not even be the team going to the Olympic Games."

Chambers, who is waiting to hear if he has been selected to compete at this summer's Games in the men's 100m, added: "We're all in it as a team. It's nothing to do with lack of practice. It's just one of those things.

"We wanted to run well. The conditions were perfect and we had great preparation. As much as Christian wants to take the blame, we're all to blame. We're a team. If one falls, we all fall. We'll bounce back."

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