Athletics: Chambers displays promising sprint form

Mike Rowbottom
Saturday 11 January 2014 03:06

Dwain Chambers, seeking sprint titles at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships this summer, offered further evidence of his credentials in Athens last night as he finished third behind the 100 metres world record holder Maurice Greene in 10.08 seconds and ran a personal-best of 20.27sec to finish second in the 200m.

His 100m time equalled the Londoner's previous best this season, set in California two months ago, and showed that he is coming nicely into form for this weekend's Commonwealth trials in Manchester.

Chambers split the three leading Americans on the night, with Greene – who set his world record of 9.79 on the same track three years ago – winning in 9.97sec in what was his first race since taking a third consecutive world title in Edmonton. Greene's compatriot Bernard Williams finished second, 0.02 ahead of Chambers, with Coby Miller fourth in 10.11.

Jason Gardener, who retained his European indoor title earlier this year, indicated that he will be one of Chambers' closest rivals on Saturday, finishing fifth in 10.17 ahead of the man who jointly heads this year's rankings with the best of 9.94, Shawn Crawford.

Britain's leading 400m hurdler Chris Rawlinson paid a price for experimenting with his stride pattern as he misjudged the start and went off too slowly, eventually finishing fourth in 49.17sec. The race was won by the US athlete Joey Woody in 48.61.

Britain's Catherine Murphy, was a disappointing seventh in the 400m in a time of 53.35sec.

Kenya's Olympic 1500m champion Noah Ngeny underlined his own promising form approaching the Commonwealth Games at the end of next month with a victory in 3min 36.87sec.

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