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Since his blistering run of 9.91sec in the 100 metres semi-final at the UK Trials, James Dasaolu has become something of an invisible man in sprinting terms. After becoming only the fourth Briton to dip under that dream 10sec barrier, the hope – in fact, expectation – was that Dasaolu would back that up... and soon.

Golden girl Ennis shines despite storm clouds

There was a rude awakening for Jessica Ennis yesterday.

Idowu's giant jump for gold stops Tamgho in his tracks

It takes two to Tamgho. One bright new thing of French athletics might have snatched European Championship gold from a favoured Briton in the Montjuic Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, but not last night. Twenty-four hours on from Christophe Lemaitre's win in the 100m and Dwain Chambers' demise, it was Phillips Idowu who reigned in the Spanish rain. The Belgrave Harrier took the triple jump gold for himself and Great Britain. Teddy Tamgho had to settle for the bronze.

Lewis-Francis finds silver lining after Lemaitre storms to gold

So, no European gold for Dwain Chambers this time, then. No cleanly won prize to replace the fool's gold the Briton won in Munich in 2002 – the tainted one he had to send back in a Jiffy bag when it came to light that the Londoner had been fuelled to victory by a tank full of anabolic steroids.

Lemaitre wins 100m title as Lewis-Francis claims shock silver

Mark Lewis-Francis tonight upstaged team-mate Dwain Chambers to claim a shock silver medal in the 100 metres at the European Championships in Barcelona.

Chambers one step closer to showdown with 'The Master'

Sprinter wins 100m heat but French prodigy Lemaitre is faster ahead of tonight's final

Van Commenee demands flying start from his British team

Head coach expects a medal as Mo Farah and Chris Thompson go in tonight's 10,000 metres, writes Simon Turnbull in Barcelona

Chambers given 2012 boost ahead of his 100m campaign

Dwain Chambers could be going for gold in 2012 after all. Just when he thought he would be waking up today without any reason to count down the two years to the summer of 2012, the co-favourite for the 100m title in the European Championships, which start here in Barcelona this morning, discovered that he will have a major championship target to aim for the year after next.

Ennis leads the way as British team targets new golden era

Van Commenee's squad for the European Championships is full of medal hopefuls

Idowu's task gets tougher after Tamgho is declared fit

The main bulk of the British track and field team arrived in Barcelona yesterday, ready to chase gold, silver and bronze when the European Championships open in the Montjuic Olympic Stadium tomorrow. They were greeted by some good news and some not-so-good.

Dwain Chambers: 'It's a new era for me. Doing it right is so much more rewarding'

A drug-free Chambers wants gold next week – but France's young master stands in his way, he tells Simon Turnbull

Van Commenee targets 15 medals despite absentees

Like any proud, hopeful native of the Netherlands, Charles van Commenee was decked out in orange yesterday. While the Amsterdammer, a lifelong Ajax fan, was keeping his fingers crossed for Robin van Persie and the rest of the Oranje on World Cup semi-final duty in Cape Town last night, the head coach of UK Athletics was hopeful that the immediate future of the British track and field team would be relatively bright – if not quite as dazzling as it might have been.

Chambers sprints to berth in British team

He is not quite as quick as a John Isner serve – some 120 miles an hour slower in fact – but he gets to the winning line in an nth of the time it takes the American racket-slugger. Dwain Chambers made it from the starting blocks to the finish in the 100 metres final at the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships yesterday in 10.14sec. Not quite the momentous blast the crowd at the Alexander Stadium had been hoping for, but emphatically impressive nonetheless.

Bradstock rolls back the years

If nothing else, the sight of Roald Bradstock competing in the centre of this north Birmingham arena brought a vivid splash of nostalgia to the opening night of the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships yesterday.

Chambers scorches to championship record

Dwain Chambers clocked a championship record 9.99 seconds to win the men's 100 metres at the European Team Championship in Bergen on Saturday. The sprinter held off the Frenchman, Christophe Lemaître, who finished second in 10.02 seconds, and Italy's Emanuele Di Gregorio, third in 10.20, to help Britain into second place in the competition.

Yamauchi to concentrate on Olympics

Mara Yamauchi will concentrate on chasing a qualifying time for the 2012 London Olympics later this year instead of going for gold at the European Championships in Barcelona in July. Following her 10th-placed finish, Yamauchi plans to spend the summer getting back into peak shape in readiness for an autumn marathon – anticipating that the Olympic qualifying window will open in October, something which has yet to be confirmed.

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