Chambers hopes for more good news

Ealing Times: Dwain Chambers is hopeful of being named in Team GB's relay squad Dwain Chambers is hopeful of being named in Team GB's relay squad

Dwain Chambers hopes Britain's 4x100 metres relay quartet will all be breathing a sigh of relief when the Olympic team is announced on Tuesday.

The team of Christian Malcolm, Chambers, James Ellington and Mark Lewis-Francis qualified fastest for the final of the European Championships in Helsinki, winning their semi-final in 38.98 seconds.

And all four should have more to celebrate next week with Malcolm and Ellington qualifying for the 200m at last weekend's trials, while Chambers will be selected in the 100m despite not having the qualifying time and Lewis-Francis chosen in the relay despite - in his own words - "a terrible year."

"It was safe, it's all about qualifying and getting round, but it was nice to get the win and get a good lane for the final," Malcolm said. "Hopefully tomorrow we can do even better.

"It's difficult coming off the trials because that was such a big thing for every British athlete to try to make the Olympics."

Chambers won the 100m at the trials and initially wanted to come to Helsinki to run the qualifying time of 10.18secs to make certain of his place, but was told his past record made that unnecessary.

"Hopefully on Tuesday we will all be breathing a sigh of relief," Chambers said.

"I was expecting to run the individual but I was told I didn't have to and I guess it's a reflection of what I have done last year. I'm taking that as good news."

Former Olympic gold medallist Lewis-Francis felt his career could be over earlier this week after failing to reach the 100m final and claiming he didn't have "a chance in Hell" of being selected for the relay.

However, an injury to 100m finalist Harry Aikines-Aryeetey handed the 29-year-old from Birmingham another chance and he said today: "I was really low after the 100m, it's been a terrible year. These guys have lifted my spirits and given me hope that I might still get into the Olympic Stadium."

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