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Latest update : 2009-03-08

British sprinter Dwain Chambers claimed the 60m title at the European indoor championships in Turin (Italy) ahead of Italian duo Fabio Cerutti and Emanuele Di Gregorio. He had beaten the world record in Saturday's semi-final.

AFP - Controversial British sprinter Dwain Chambers won the European indoor 60m title here on Sunday.
   
Chambers, who served a two-year doping ban, won in a time of 6.46sec, ahead of Italian duo Fabio Cerutti and Emanuele Di Gregorio.
   
The Briton had set a new European 60m record on Saturday when he won his semi-final in a time of 6.42sec.
   
Chambers, who missed the 2008 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.
   
He 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.
   

Date created : 2009-03-08

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