Athletics: Chambers 'thankful' to be back in British team

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Dwain Chambers reacted with gratitude and relief yesterday after being selected for next week's European Cup event in Malaga following his return from a doping ban.

Having finished as the top Briton in last Sunday week's 100m at Gateshead, where Asafa Powell equalled his own world record of 9.77sec, the 28-year-old Londoner had an obvious claim to the single 100m spot on offer. But his inclusion in the relay team was a tougher call for the selectors, given that his ban has rendered him ineligible for any future Olympics.

"I am very appreciative for the faith shown in me by selectors and by the reception I received at Gateshead," Chambers said in a statement. "The chance to once again wear a GB vest is one I'm thankful for."

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