Chambers out of British squad


LONDON: European 100m champion Dwain Chambers will not compete in the world indoor championships in Birmingham later this month after he was left out of the British team on Monday. 

Chambers, who has said he planned to break Tim Montgomery's world record of 9.78 outdoors this season, lost out to Jason Gardener and Mark Lewis-Francis who will compete in the 60m sprint. 

Lewis-Francis earned the one automatic place with a victory by just one-hundredth of a second over Chambers in a trial at the weekend. 

Gardener, the 2000 European indoor champion, was handed the discretionary place by the selectors.  

He has been in fine form this season, clocking a fastest time of 6.49 last month, the joint third best in the world this year. 

World 60m hurdles record holder and defending European champion Colin Jackson has been named captain of the British team in his last championships before retirement. 

“It is a fitting way to end my career as a member of the GB Team,” said Jackson. 

The world indoor championships take place in Birmingham from March 14-16. – Reuters 

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