Blistering Chambers tots up points

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Britain's Dwain Chambers produced a stunning performance to win the men's 100m at the European Team Championships in Bergen yesterday.

Chambers ran 9.99 seconds to break the championship record as he finished ahead of Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre. "Most importantly I got vital points for the team. I knew it would be tough competition," Chambers said.

David Greene (400m hurdles), Martyn Rooney (400m) and Colin McCourt (1500m) also earned victories for GB.

Chambers' victory was a welcome boost before the European Championships in Barcelona this summer where the British athlete is expected to represent GB and come under stiff competition from the 20-year-old Frenchman Lemaitre.

Lemaitre was the fastest man in Europe this season prior to yesterday's race, with Chambers coming home only 0.02 slower than his personal best – set in 1999. "He's going to come back at me hard," said Chambers. "I have to watch my back, stay injury-free and hopefully just stay one step ahead of the game because he'll be going for gold in Barcelona."

The Welshman Greene, who ran 49.53 seconds, said: "I knew there was a lot of expectation on my shoulders, but I had experience from last year and that stood me in good stead."

In the men's 400m, Rooney continued his fine season with a narrow victory in a time of 45.67secs. "I wasn't really here to run fast, I was here to win," Rooney said.

McCourt's win seemed unlikely with 150m to go with the GB athlete back in sixth place, but he found space on the inside and kicked for victory sprinting home in three minutes 46.70secs to earn maximum points.

Eilidh Child claimed a superb second place in the women's 400m hurdles in a time of 56.48secs as GB continued to rack up the points.

But in the men's hammer, GB's Alex Smith could only manage a best throw of 66.72m which put him in 11th place with Belarus' Pavel Kryvitski taking victory with an effort of 77.79m.

Britain are competing over two days against teams from 11 other nations.

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