Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • French teenage girls held over Syria jihad plans

    Read more

  • Iceland issues aviation alert on volcano activity

    Read more

  • France will not be 'be pushed around' by Germany

    Read more

  • ‘European GPS’ satellites launched into wrong orbit

    Read more

  • Merkel in Kiev as aid convoy ‘returns to Russia’

    Read more

  • Suicide bomber targets Iraq intelligence HQ in deadly attack

    Read more

  • Video: Israel bombs kidnapping suspect’s home

    Read more

  • US brands journalist’s beheading a ‘terrorist attack’

    Read more

  • Ebola prompts Philippines to recall UN troops in Liberia

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • US sued over ‘deportation mill’ in New Mexico

    Read more

  • Colombian army and FARC rebels in face-to-face talks

    Read more

  • US National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Ferguson

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • US job market yet to recover from recession, says Fed Chair

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Chambers sets new European 60m record

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-03-08

British sprinter Dwain Chambers on Saturday won the 60m semi-final at the European indoor championships in Turin (Italy), beating the previous record in the European discipline and clocking the third best time over the distance in history.

AFP - Dope-tainted Dwain Chambers set a new European 60m record at the European indoor championships on Saturday when he won his semi-final in a time of 6.42sec.
  
Chambers, who missed the Olympic Games despite having served out a two-year drugs ban, improved the previous European best of 6.45sec set by France's Ronald Pognon in Karlsruhe in 2005.
  
The British sprinter also clocked the third best time over the distance in history, behind America's Maurice Greene, the world record holder, who ran 6.39sec and Andre Cason, 6.41sec.
  
This winter, he had already set a season-best mark of 6.51sec, equalling the time of America's Michael Rodgers and he will be the overwhelming favourite in Sunday's final.
  
Chambers, who served a two-year ban for taking the 'designer' steroid THG in 2003, came into the championships here having made fresh allegations against fellow athletes and authorities in his new autobiography, "Race Against Me".
  
In the book, the 30-year-old admits he was a "walking junkie" who took "more than 300 different concoctions" of performance-enhancing drugs.
  
John Regis, himself a former British sprinter and Chambers' one-time agent, has threatened to sue over allegations in the book that he knew about Chambers' drugs use before it spectacularly came to light in 2003.
  
Chambers has denied his book is purely a money-making exercise amid reports he made 50,000 pounds from the serialisation.
  
UK Athletics have said they are keeping a watching brief regarding Chambers' allegations.
  
Meanwhile, he remains severely restricted in the number of events he can compete in because of the zero-tolerance anti-doping policy of the EuroMeets Consortium which organises many meetings.
  
However, provided he maintains form and fitness, Chambers could well be selected for the World Championships in Berlin in August.

Date created : 2009-03-08

COMMENT(S)