Athletics: Chambers is frustrated by headwind in hunt for Beijing time

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Dwain Chambers coasted to victory in the 100 metres at Saturday's Southern Counties Championships at Crystal Palace, though he again fell short of the Olympic qualifying standard.

Chambers maintained his unbeaten form over the distance since running it for the first time in almost two years in Kalamata, Greece, two weeks ago, and set a season's best of 10.24 seconds. He finished two metres clear of Leevan Yearwood and Gavin Eastman, who clocked 10.50sec and 10.58sec respectively.

However, Chambers missed the Beijing qualifying time of 10.21sec, hindered by a 1.5m-per-second headwind, though he should easily attain the required standard soon.

Chambers has yet to announce where he will compete in the run-up to the British Olympic team selection trials, taking place in Birmingham from 11 to 13 July. Although the former drug cheat has confirmed that he intends taking legal action to overturn his lifetime Olympic ban, no details have been announced.

Chambers has been told by solicitors to concentrate on achieving the Olympic standard and winning the trial race, which normally would ensure his selection for Beijing, while they prepare procedural action.