Athletics: Devonish's victory gives Chambers Euro hope

As Marlon Devonish crossed the finish line in the Manchester Regional Arena last night he held his index finger high in celebration of his victory in the 100m final at the Norwich Union European Trials and AAA Championships. As far as the absent Dwain Chambers and the watching Great Britain team selectors were concerned, he might as well have been clutching a "Get Out of Jail Free" card.

With Chambers recovering from a quadricep injury he suffered in the semi-finals, and Mark Lewis-Francis taking third place in the final - behind Devonish and Tyrone Edgar - the selection panel were staring at a dilemma in their choice for the discretionary third 100m place in the team for next month's European Championships in Gothenburg.

Would they give Chambers the chance to regain the continental crown he lost because of his drugs ban, on the strength of his 10.07sec clocking behind Asafa Powell's world-record equalling run at Gateshead last month? Would they invest more faith in Lewis-Francis? Or would they force the pair into a race-off in the Norwich Union London Grand Prix at Crystal palace on Friday week?

The equation looked more straightforward when Devonish, a clear winner in 10.19sec, stepped from the track to intimate that he would be concentrating solely on his specialist distance, the 200m, in Gothenburg. "I'm probably just going to do the 200m," the Coventry Godiva Harrier said. "I need to sit down with my coach, Tony Lester, and, see what happens in the 200m tomorrow. But at the moment I just want to do the 200m in the Europeans."

Confirmation of Devonish's one-track intentions would come as welcome news to Lewis-Francis. He clocked 10.28sec in third place last night - 0.05sec behind Edgar, who has been studying development and leadership at college in Texas since he ran with Lewis-Francis in Britain's victorious 4 x 100m relay team at the World Junior Championships in 2000.

The irony is Chambers' doping indiscretion cost Devonish a European relay gold medal and a World Championship relay silver - the British quartets having been retrospectively stripped of their gains from Munich in 2002 and Paris 2003.

Chambers was disappointed to get caught napping in the blocks at the European Cup in Malaga a fortnight ago, but at least he made it that far. He failed to make it to the final yesterday.

He could afford to apply the brakes at halfway and still win his 100m heat, in 10.58sec. He then qualified for the final, finishing second in his semi-final to Edgar, clocking 10.25sec. It came at the expense of a quadricep injury. "I'm going to have to withdraw from the final as a precaution," he announced. "I was really happy with my form today and thought I was running well, but I'm not prepared to take any risks that might jeopardise the rest of the season."

It was another setback for Chambers, who returned from his two-year drugs ban with an impressive 10.07sec 100m clocking at Gateshead a month ago but finished a stride behind Frenchman Ronald Pognon after his sluggish start in the European Cup race. Not that he was the only notable casualty in the qualifying stages of the 100m yesterday. After clocking 10.67sec as runner-up to Edgar in his heat, Jason Gardener announced his withdrawal. "I just don't feel 100 per cent," he said.

There was nothing wrong with Greg Rutherford's form or fitness in the long jump. The 19-year-old European junior champion from Milton Keynes jumped 8.26m in the last round - 1cm shy of Chris Tomlinson's British record. It was a 12cm improvement on his personal best - a sign that he is taking a big step in the world class direction under the guidance of his new coach, Frank Attoh.

Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
Life and Style
food + drink
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
a clockwork orange, stanley kubrick
filmSony could have made a cult classic
Life and Style
fashionThe essential guide to all the designer Christmas sale dates
news... you won't believe how bad their skills were

Arts and Entertainment
Mark Wright and Mark Wright
tvStrictly goes head-to-head with Apprentice
footballPremier League preview: All the talking points ahead of this weekend's clashes
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Finance Director

£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...

Recruitment Genius: Medico-Legal Assistant

£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...

Ashdown Group: (PHP / Python) - Global Media firm

£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...

The Jenrick Group: Quality Inspector

£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas