Dwain Chambers was disqualified from a false start to the British Indoor Championships while returning
Dwain Chambers is disqualified for a false start to the British indoor championships while making a 40-year comeback
- Dwight Chambers was penalized after jumping into the semi-finals
- The 40-year-old made a comeback at the British Indoor Championships
- Chambers returned to the sport after recording fast times during training
Dwain Chambers false started his retirement from the British Indoor Championships on Saturday before stating that his comeback would extend into the offseason.
The 40-year-old, who hung his spikes in August 2017, bounced through the 60-meter heats before jumping the gun in the semi-finals.
It was a missed opportunity for Chambers, whose path to a podium place was paved by the early exits of Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, and inconclusive form of 2014 indoor world champion Richard Kilty.
Dwain Chambers was disqualified from a false start when he returned to athletics
The top three was eventually filled by the little-known trio of Dominic Ashwell, 19, ahead of Adam Thomas and Jeremiah Azu.
The awkwardness for British Athletics will revolve around their desperate shortage of 60m options when they name their team for the March European Indoor Championships next Sunday.
As it is only eighth-seeded Ojie Edoburun, Aikines-Aryeetey and Mitchell-Blake tick the two required boxes to come to these championships and reach qualifying time since the start of the 2018 season.
Since Britain has three places and two may go to runners who have not made it to their national final, it is a matter of concern, compounded by the fact that the nation has won a medal in each of the past 16 editions of the European Indoors men of 60 meters.
Chambers said: “I feel like a fossil that is returning to sport and is being resurrected”
With Zharnel Hughes, Reece Prescod, Adam Gemili and CJ Ujah all staying away this weekend, it opened up the opportunity for Chambers to bring in a shock spot on the team. Despite not doing this, he hinted that he will continue to compete.
He said, “I have to redeem myself now. We’ll see what happens the rest of the season. I didn’t want to walk out there with my tail between my legs.
“I feel like a fossil that has been generated by returning to sports. That part will take me a bit to get used to. Meanwhile, Britain’s leading sprinter, Dina Asher-Smith, who did not participate, criticized the promotion of the event by British Athletics.
Chambers returned to the sport after recording some surprisingly fast times during training
She tweeted, “I’m so disappointed with the presentation of this. You would easily miss trials. No idea what the qualifying numbers are, no idea what they want to qualify for, no idea who’s there, who’s not, head-to-heads.
They then blame empty seats on athletes who don’t come to the ordeal (which is a problem, of course) … but they also don’t make smart and purposeful efforts to engage fans and those who want to watch. Previously, I had to scroll through their twitter feed that far to find out if / where it was streaming. ‘
Laura Muir flew to the 3,000m title and Asher Philip won her sixth women’s 60m crown.