Drugs cheat Chambers completes turnaround by sealing place in Team GB's Olympics squad
14:50 GMT, 3 July 2012
Dwain Chambers has been named in the Great Britain athletics team for London 2012, 12 years on from his last appearance at an Olympic Games, but the stunning pick of Lynsey Sharp as the only athlete in the women's 800 metres provided the headline selection.
Controversial sprinter Chambers will compete over 100m in the capital next month after being included in a 71-strong squad for the Games named by the British Olympic Association.
Chambers, 34, finished fourth in the 100m in Sydney in 2000, but has not featured in the Olympics since following his two-year suspension for systematic drug use and the imposition of the BOA's lifetime ban.
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However, the BOA ban was overturned by
the Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier this year, paving the way
for him to compete at a home Olympics.
Chambers was not able to secure his
place in London automatically as, despite winning the trials in
Birmingham, he failed to run the 'A' qualifying standard of 10.18
However, that victory ahead of his domestic rivals as well as his past performances have proved enough to gain selection.
place on the team had looked a certainty ever since he was given the
option of not chasing the qualifying time at last week's European
Championships in Helsinki.
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Chambers was joined in the 100m by
teenager Adam Gemili, the British number one this season, and James
Dasaolu, who were second and third at the trials and have both run the
'It is a real honour to be selected as part of Team GB today,' he said.
'For me representing my country in
an Olympics is a privilege that should never be taken for granted. To
be given the opportunity to do so in my home town has been a dream that
at times has seemed very distant and is now a reality.
'It is now my responsibility to
prepare fully for the 100m, the relay, to support all my fellow athletes
and all my other colleagues within Team GB.
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'It is a very proud day and I thank the selectors for the confidence and faith they have placed in me.'
Jessica Ennis has been selected to represent Britain in both the
Heptathlon and the women's 100metre hurdles in which she is highly
fancied to strike gold.
She said: 'I am really excited to
have made my first Olympic team, and cant wait to compete in London on
the 3rd & 4th August in front of a home crowd.
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'I have been training really hard and
feel in great shape and am really looking forward to competing – I know
the atmosphere will be amazing!'
athlete Sharp won last month's trials in Birmingham and then went on to
win silver at the European Championships in Helsinki, but she did not
have an 'A' standard.
her, therefore, meant selecting no-one else as athletes with the 'B'
standard can only be selected if no-one with the 'A' is chosen.
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Marilyn Okoro and Emma Jackson, the
British number one and two this year who performed poorly at the trials,
were also left out, as was Jemma Simpson, who was second in Birmingham.
Meadows, who has not raced in 2012
because of an Achilles injury, had indicated before the selection she
would appeal if she was left out and she is unlikely to be the only one
to do so.
UK Athletics head coach Charles van
Commenee has already said he is bracing himself for a 'heap of appeals'
from desperate athletes.
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Any appeal must be lodged within 24
hours of the team announcement and then heard within 48 hours. The
appeals panel consists of UKA chairman Ed Warner, UKA president Lynn
Davies and an independent barrister.
Okoro was included in the 4x400m relay squad.
Van Commenee, who has set a target of
eight medals, including one gold, for the Games, said: 'I am very proud
to have nominated such a strong team of athletes to Team GB. Our
collective philosophy since Beijing has been one of raising the bar as
we work towards London 2012.
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'I believe this team is well prepared
to go out there, be competitive and achieve on the greatest sporting
stage in front of a home crowd.'
Chambers was joined in the squad by
another athlete previously barred due to a drugs ban, with Carl
Myerscough selected in the shot put.
Elsewhere, European champion Rhys
Williams took the third spot in the 400m hurdles, world bronze medallist
Andy Turner the third spot in the 110m hurdles and Michael Rimmer
joined Andrew Osagie in the 800m.
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Van Commenee said the decision to pick Sharp in the women's 800m was because she was the athlete in the best form.
The UK Athletics head coach also said the other hopefuls had not helped their own cases.
said at a press conference: 'I mentioned it was a selection meeting (to
pick GB team) that took six hours. Two hours of those six were spent on
one event, the 800m women.
were five women in contention, basically, four of them had notable 'A'
standards, one, Lynsey Sharp, had a few 'B' standards.
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'The panel had to decide whether to go for one athlete with 'B' standards, or one, two or three on 'A' standards.
all the deliberations, thoughts and arguments were compared, it was
decided that most important is to have the right performance at the
'Lots of people had the right performance at the wrong time.
Sharp has done very good business recently and performed at the trials,
beat everybody, did very well at the European Championships, beat
athletes who have run 1.57, 1.58, 1.59… she beat Jemma Simpson on both
occasions, and we decided that Lynsey Sharp is the one with the best
'This was difficult basically because not one of these athletes actually took control of their own destiny.
athletes made it difficult by not doing what they're supposed to do.
Once a selection panel has to spend two hours on selection, that's
already a bad sign.
'The panel is convinced the athlete is selected who has the best chances to perform at the Games.'
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GOING TO THE GAMES: TEAM GB's TRACK AND FIELD SQUAD
Adam Gemili – 100m and 4 x 100m (age: 18, born: London, lives: Dartford)
Dwain Chambers – 100m and 4 x 100m (age: 34, born: London, Lives: London)
James Dasaolu- 100 and 4x100m (age: 24, born: Croydon, lives: Loughborough)
Christian Malcolm- 200m and 4x100m (age: 33, born: Cardiff, lives: Newport)
James Ellington- 200m and 4x100m (age: 26, born: Lewisham, lives: London
Martyn Rooney- 400m and 4x400m (age: 25, born: Croydon, lives: Loughborough)
Conrad Williams- 400m and 4x400m (age: 30, born: Kingston, Jamaica, lives: Hither Green)
Nigel Levine- 400m* and 4x400m (age: 23, born: Bedford, lives: Bedford)
Andrew Osagie- 800m (age: 24, born: Harlow, lives: Twickenham)
Michael Rimmer – 800m (age: 26, born: Southport, lives: Manchester)
Ross Murray- 1500m (age: 22, born: Gateshead, lives: Twickenham
Andrew Baddeley- 1500m (age: 30, born: Merseyside lives: London)
Nick McCormick- 5000m (age:30, born: Newcastle, lives: Loughborough)
Mo Farah- 5,000 and 10,000 (age:28, born: Somalia, lives: Portland, USA)
Chris Thompson – 10,000m (age: 31, born: Barrow-in-Furness, lives Oregon USA)
Stuart Stokes – 3000mSC (age: 35, born: Bolton, lives: Bolton)
Lawrence Clarke- 110mh (age: 22, born: London, lives: Bath)
Andrew Pozzi- 110mh (age: 19, born: Leamington Spa, lives: Bristol)
Andy Turner- 110mh (age: 31, born: Nottingham, lives: Sutton)
Dai Greene- 400mh and 4x400m (age: 26, born: Llanelli, lives: Trowbridge)
Jack Green- 400mh and 4x400m (age: 20, born: Maidstone, lives: Bath)
Rhys Williams – 400mh (age: 28, born: Cardiff, lives: London)
Robbie Grabarz- high jump (age: 24, born: Enfield, lives: Birmingham)
Steve Lewis- pole vault (age: 26, born: Stoke on Trent, lives:London)
Greg Rutherford- long jump (age: 24, born: Milton Keynes, lives: Milton Keynes)
Chris Tomlinson- long jump (age: 30, born: Middlesbrough, lives: London)
Philips Idowu- triple jump (age: 33, born: Hackney, lives: Birmingham)
Mervyn Luckwell – javelin (age: 27, born: Milton Keynes, lives: Loughborough)
Lawrence Okoye- discus (age: 20, born: Croydon, lives Croydon)
Brett Morse – discus (age: 23, born:Cardiff, lives: Penarth)
Abdul Buhari – discus (age: 30, born: Nigeria, lives: London)
Carl Myerscough – Shotput (age: 32, born: Blackpool, lives: USA)
Alex Smith – Hammer (age:24, born: Hull, lives Hull)
Daniel Awde – Decathlon (age: 24, born: Essex, lives Essex)
Dominic King – 50k Walk (age: 29. Born: Colchester. Lives: Colchester)
Danny Talbot – 4x100m (age 21, born: Sailisbury, lives: Trowbridge)
Simeon Williamson – 4x100m (age: 26, born: London, lives: Enfield)
Mark Lewis-Francis – 4x100m (age: 29, born: Birmingham, lives: London)
Richard Buck- 4x400m (age: 25, born: York, lives: Loughborough)
Luke Lennon-Ford – 4x400m (age: 23, born: Sutton Coldfield, lives: London)
Rob Tobin- 4x400m (age: 28, born: Lincoln, lives: Basingstoke)
Abi Oyepitan – 100m and 200m (age: 32, born: London, lives: London)
Anyika Onuora- 100m* and 200m (age: 27, born: Liverpool, lives: London)
Margaret Adeoye- 200m (age: 27, born: London, lives: London)
Christine Ohuruogu- 400m and 4x400m (age: 28, born: London, lives: London)
Shana Cox- 400m and 4x400m (age: 27, born: Brooklyn, USA, lives: London)
Lee McConnell – 400m* and 4x400m (age: 33, born: Glasgow, lives: Glasgow)
Lynsey Sharp – 800m (age: 21, born: Edinburgh, lives: Edinburgh )
Laura Weightman- 1500m (age: 21, born: Alnwick, lives: Leeds)
Lisa Dobriskey- 1500m (age:28, born: Ashford, lives:Loughborough)
Hannah England- 1500m (age: 25, born: Oxford, lives: Birmingham)
Jo Pavey- 5000m and 10,000m (age: 38, born: Exeter, lives: Exeter)
Julia Bleasdale – 5000m* and 10,000m (age: 30, born: Surry, lives: Surrey)
Barbara Parker- 5000m and 3000mSC (age:29, born: King’s Lynn, lives: California, USA)
Eilish McColgan- 3000mSC (age: 21, born: Dundee, lives: Carnousie )
Johanna Jackson 20km walk (age: 27, born: Middlesbrough, lives: Leeds )
Tiffany Porter- 100mh (age: 24, born: Michigan, USA, lives: London)
Perri Shakes-Drayton- 400mh (age: 23, born: London, lives: London)
Eilidh Child- 400mh (age:25, born: Perth, lives: Kinross/Bath)
Holly Bleasdale- pole valut (age: 20, born: Preston, lives: Chorley)
Kate Dennison- pole vault (age: 28, born: Durban, SA, lives: Loughborough)
Shara Proctor- long jump (age: 23, born: Anguilla, lives: Atlanta, USA)
Yamile Aldama – triple jump (age: 39, born: Havana, Cuba,lives: London)
Sophie Hitchon- hammer (age: 20, born: Burnley, lives: Loughborough)
Goldie Sayers- javelin (age: 29, born: Newmarket, lives: London)
Jessica Ennis- heptathlon and 100mh (age: 26, born: Sheffield, lives: Sheffield)
Katarina Johnson-Thompson – heptathlon (age: 18, born: Liverpool, lives: Liverpool)
Louise Hazel- heptathlon – heptathlon (age: 26, born: Southwark, lives: Birmingham)
Marilyn Okoro- 4x400m (age: 27, born: London, lives: London)
Nicola Sanders- 4x400m (age: 30, born: High Wycombe,lives: Bourne End)
Emily Diamond – 4x400m (age:21 born: Bristol, lives: Bristol)