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.
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Wednesday 24 September 2008
Friday 08 August 2008
* In a move as inevitable as drugs in sport (apparently), disgraced sprinter Dwain Chambers is to write his autobiography for Libros International. The deal was done by his agent, sports memorabilia merchant Simon Dent, and sources expect Chambers to "name names", with serious ramifications for the world of sport. In a synopsis (with "My Way" as his epigraph), Chambers writes about being "victimised", promises to give "my solution to rid athletics of drugs overnight" and offers tales of his womanising: "I also tell how I slept with the sister of an England footballer and a gold medal-winning athlete from America. And read about that one and only disaster date with Kelly Holmes and what I really think of her." Who said chivalry in sport was dead?
Sunday 03 August 2008
The world's biggest festival of sport, the Olympic Games, begins next Friday in Beijing. We shall, at least, have no trouble remembering when it starts – at 8.08pm on 08/08/08. As our report today points out, the sheer scale of the Games has never been greater. The Olympic statistics baffle the imagination – 10,708 athletes from 205 countries will participate in 28 sports and 302 events. There are 24 new venues for the Games – some of them remarkable pieces of modernist architecture – which involved more than a million workers. The cost came to £19.7bn, plus security – not a precedent that London should wish to follow for the Games in 2012.
Sunday 27 July 2008
Sunday 20 July 2008
It was good to get back on home ground up in the north-east corner of England last weekend. Friday and Saturday in Birmingham had been far from satisfying, covering the latest developments in the Dwain Chambers Circus. All year it had been burgeoning into what became the only show in town at the Olympic trials. Or so it seemed, what with as many television crews as paying punters in the stands of the Alexander Stadiumfor the opening heat of the men's 100 metres on Friday evening.
Sunday 20 July 2008
No doubt Dwain Chambers would have anticipated a call from Buckingham Palace had he beaten the British Olympic Association, gone to Beijing and claimed a medal. He has enough front to have taken HRH to court if she declined him a gong. As it turns out, he won't even be getting a call from Crystal Palace. Fast Track, organisers of next weekend's Aviva London Grand Prix, confirm he cannot be invited under an agreement with European promoters to bar all athletes who have had two-year dop-ing bans. England's Commonwealth Games Council operate a similar life ban to the BOA, and Tanni Grey-Thompson's working party on drugs is likely to recommend to UK Athletics that cheats are banned from representing Britain in all competitions. So Chambers faces exclusion from the next World and European Championships too. A landmark victory for the BOA chairman, Lord Moynihan, if a costly one, as he sportingly chose not to seek the BOA's £150,000 legal costs from Chambers; it is believed he is underwriting them himself.
Saturday 19 July 2008
What a relief Dwain Chambers will not now contaminate the British track and field team in Beijing, how splendid that – in an admittedly perhaps less than thunderous judgment by Mr Justice Mackay – we have been freed from the ambivalence of seeing one of the most graphically candid cheats in the history of sport stepping up on to the Olympic podium on our behalf.
Saturday 19 July 2008
Dwain Chambers' last-ditch attempt to force his way into the British team for next month's Beijing Olympics came to an abrupt halt yesterday. The 30-year-old sprinter lost his High Court action seeking an injunction against a life ban from the Games.
Saturday 19 July 2008
It's hard not to sympathise, just a little, with Dwain Chambers, whose claim to run for his country in Beijing has now been rebuffed by the High Court. You had only to glimpse Chambers' rangy figure before that venerable façade to sense the forces marshalled against him. For all Chambers' disappointment, though, his appearance contributed to a truly vintage court season – for observers, if not for the unfortunate participants.
Thursday 10 July 2008
Bryn Vaile remembers very clearly the emergence of the British Olympic Association's byelaw. It was initiated by competitors, not administrators, and he was one of them.
Sunday 29 June 2008
Saturday 28 June 2008
Dwain Chambers fully expects to come away from the Weltklasse Biberach international meeting here in southern Germany today with the Olympic 100 metres "A" qualifying standard. Chambers ranks that as his top priority before his solicitors take legal action to try to overturn a British Olympic Association lifetime ban preventing the disgraced athlete from competing in Beijing and at future Games.
Monday 16 June 2008
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.
Wednesday 11 June 2008
Andy Baddeley's achievement in joining his fellow Britons Steve Cram, Steve Ovett and Peter Elliott as a winner of the Oslo Dream Mile last Friday night was recognised in yesterday's announcement of the European Cup team, in which he has been offered his distance of choice, the 3,000 metres.
Saturday 07 June 2008
Andy Baddeley rounded off a night on which Tirunesh Dibaba broke the women's world 5,000m record by winning the concluding event of the Oslo Golden League meeting, the Dream Mile, in a personal best of 3min 49.38sec. It was Britain's first victory in the showpiece event since Peter Elliott's in 1991.
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