DWAIN Chambers roared to the European 100 metres crown in Munich last night just 11 days after his Commonwealth Games nightmare, writes Jo Atkinson.
The 24-year-old Londoner shattered the championship record set by Darren Campbell four years ago to win in a personal best 9.96sec. Campbell took the bronze in 10.15sec behind Portugal’s Nigerian-born Francis Obikwelu (10.06).
In his moment of glory, Chambers, remembered his former training partner, Ross Baillie, the 110m hurdler, who died three years ago from an extreme allergic reaction after eating a chicken sandwich which contained nuts. “This one is for Ross,” he said.. “He was a great friend of Darren and I and a great friend of the team. What happened to him was very hard to take for everyone in the team. I just wanted to go out there and get the gold for him.”
The victory answered Campbell’s critics who doubted his big race temperament after he pulled up in Manchester with cramps which were later diagnosed as being caused by not rehydrating properly after races.
“This is a great answer to all my critics. I even started doubting myself because of all the hype that was creeping in. I thought I’d win the Commonwealths but not the Europeans.”
Jade Johnson added a silver – the first European medal by a British woman for 40 years