Chambers Out

Great Britain sprinter Dwain Chambers is out of this years European indoors in Gothenburg at the heat stage of the 60m after the Belgrave runner failed to progress.

Chambers, who has had a drugs ban overshadowing his whole career, came 5th in heat in a time of 6.78.

The sprinter has struggled with a back injury in recent weeks and his slow start and lack of ease when running can be attributed to this.

He was seen throwing down his vest top on the way through the mix zone in total disgust at his performance today.

Chambers has been a medalist at European and World indoor championships and this is a sad sight for the British star.

His failure to qualify was the only major disappointment of the day that saw many GB hopefuls qualify to the next round.

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Dasaolu made it through the 60m heats comfortably and the 400m boys trio of Richard Strachan, Nigel Levine and Michael Bingham looked assured as they easily qualified for the semi final.

The performance of the day for Britain went to Perri Shakes-Drayton who recorded and extremely fast 51.70 to win the 400m womens heat as she ran away from the field.

Eilidh Child and Shana Cox also produced good results and will line up in the semi finals alongside Shakes-Drayton.

The captain of the event and retaining 800m champion Jenny Meadows looked relaxed on the track as she finished third in heat but safely qualified. Meadows had a torrid 2012 and is now looking to find some form ahead of a big outdoor season.

Michael Rimmer found it the hardest to qualify in the menn 800m finishing third, but there were wins for Joe Thomas and Mukhtar Mohammed.

Laura Muir also easily qualified for the 1500m with a new pb of 4.12.36, the 19-year-old a real star on the big stage.

In the field, there was easy qualification for Robbie Grabbarz, Holly Bleasdale, Shara Proctor and Yamile Aldama, with all four contesting their finals over the weekend.

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