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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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Classic Moments UK Indoor Championships

This weekend sees the UK Indoor Championships at the EIS in Sheffield, with places up for grabs at the European Indoor Championships in three weeks time.

In the past, the event has seen some great moments and started some fantastic careers and Olympic cycles.

This year is no exception with may athletes on show having a great chance to bag themselves a place on the plane to Sweden. The 60m men is also wide open as the winner the past five years Dwain Chambers has withdrawn with a back injury.

However here, The Sporting Week looks back at some classics from the past and what better place to start than with Chambers himself who dominated a good field in 2010 to take the 60m title. You can check it out here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3ErTQfek-I

Elsewhere, the indoors has conjured up some classic field event moments.

Some of the best can be found right here in a montage of last year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnoSJ1gpxMk.

The Sporting Week will bring a comprehensive review of the weekend next Tuesday as the athletics season gets well and truly underway.

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Chambers Starts 2013 with Win

Dwain Chambers started his 2013 season with a convincing 60m win at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix.

The much criticised and controversial figure after his ban from the sport in the mid 2000’s, was in dominant form as he got out of the blocks well before running away from the field in a time of 6.58 seconds.

He defeated St Kitts and Nevis star Kim Collins who was second and Mike Rogers of America was third.

The women’s 60m saw a surprise winner in Germany’s Verena Sailer who comfortable beat American sensation Camelita Jeter.

Nigel Levine had to settle for second in the men’s 400m as he got his season off to a good start once more.

In the slightly unusual 600m indoor race of this level, Dai Greene moved up from the 400m hurdles, with Andrew Osagie coming down from the 800m, and they both had a ‘ding-dong’ battle as they raced tooth and nail with Duane Solomon of the USA.

Solomon took the victory from Greene and Osagie, the top three separated by less than a second.

Elsewhere, Lynsey Sharp, Andy Vernon and Robbie Grabarz got their season off to good, if not amazing starts, but with the trials only two weeks away, the all look assured of a shot at European Indoor Championships in March.

You can watch those trials on BBC on Saturday and Sunday the 9th and 10th of February.

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Northern Indoors 2013 Day 1 Track Review

Day One at the Northern Indoor Championships in Sheffield served up some cracking races, some Championship Best Performances and some tears in an action packed day.

The 60m hurdles kicked off the day and there were early gold medals for Danielle McGifford, Karla Drew, Curtis Mitchell and Jack Meredith in the U20 Women’s, Senior Women’s, U20 Men’s and Senior Men’s finals respectively.

It has been a great fortnight for Drew who took the England Athletics Combined Event Senior Women’s title last Sunday.

The 400m events saw some big names make their first appearance at the EIS this weekend, with European 4x400m silver medalist Richard Strachan going in the senior men and Clovis Asong, the fastest ever Under 15 400m boy in the Under 20 men.

Both men successfully made it through to the heat and to the final, but Strachan, suffering with some cramp early in the season, was unable to take his place in the final six.

However the finals still served up some cracking events. The Senior Women’s event was won again by Harriet Pryke who successfully defended her title with an assured and powerful run.

Asong took his second U20 title with a 48.40 running away from Scott Atkinson and Nick Petrou in the final.

The U20 win saw Jess Turner Take gold in a confident and composed run, winning from Beth Bolton and Freya Bradshaw.

The Senior Men’s race saw Luke Edward come back from a poor semi-final to take gold, from Adam Thompson and 400m hurdles specialist David Dempsey.

The Under 17 women’s 300m was won by Aileen Kearney who pipped Ella Barrett in a classic dip finish, with Rebecca Hall in third.

The next set of finals saw the 60m on the track and again there was great action and drama.

Sale Harriers athletes took the first two men’s finals, with Jona Efoloko winning the under 15 boys and Roy Ejiakuekwu the U20 Men.

Kristie Edwards and Billie Jo Harris won the Under 17 girls and Under 15 girls races respectively, with ease as the City of Sheffield club showed their young sprinting dominance.

Maegan Taylor took a very close Women’s Under 20 title with a pip finish from Rachel Highfield, with both women running the same time of 7.74. Unfortunately for one of the pre-race favourites Abbie Bishell, the race ended in disaster as she badly injured her hamstring.

The senior men’s 60m was a fiery affair, with Oliver Back knocked out in the semi-finals after he waited in his blocks expecting a false start, but the final was won by Dannish Walker-Khan, from Rickey Reeves.

Tom Somers took the u17 title with ease and looks strong for tomorrows 200m’s and Annabelle Lewis won the women’s title with a new CBP, beating favourite Louise Bloor, in a time of 7.39.

The 1500m races at the end of the day continued the great racing bu in the end it was the favourites who came away with Northern titles.

Alison Leonard easily took the Senior Women’s title, from Ellie Stevens and Hanna Tarver, before Ella Eadon continued her great recent form with a win in the under 17 girls race.

Jack Crabtree and Andrew Smith both took comfortable wins in the under 17 and under 20 men’s races before Stuart Cameron won a close fought battle with Dan Cheeseman in the final race of the day, the senior mens 1500m.

Tomorrow sees the 200m, 800m and 3000m on the track and there is sure to be some epic battles once again.

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Classic Moments – European Indoors Men’s 4x400m Relay 2011 and 2007

The Sporting Week continues to grow in 2013 and this year we will be looking back at some classic moments of sport, that will hopefully preempt the equivalent in 2013.

Today, we start with the classic men’s 4x400m relays from the European Indoor Championships in 2011 and 2007 as we build up for the Championships in 2013, which will be hosted in March in Goteborg, Sweden.

One of the highlights of any championships is the men’s 4x400m and this year will be no different. With the Indoor circuit starting in the UK this weekend with big regional championships  we hope to get you in the mood for the coming months with a look back at some classic duels.

Last time out in Paris, the final saw Russia, Belgium, Great Britain, France Netherlands and Poland battle it out.

The race was a great affair with the lead changing hands on numerous occasions  The Belgians took it out first, but then the French, Russian and GB teams clawed their way back into it and had a huge fight on the smaller indoor track.

In the end, their was less than a second between the top four, with France taking gold from GB and Belgium. Russia were the unfortunate losers on this occasion in fourth.

The event also saw the disqualification of the Dutch team is an action packed finale.

You can watch this epic race right here at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-64YdRd4fI

The second classic final of the event happened in 2007 when Great Britain where awarded the gold after the victors Germany are disqualified for a push in the race.

The event, taking place in Birmingham was a fiery affair, with Germany, the hosts GB, France, Poland, Russia and Romania all battling it out for gold.

The top four of Russia, Germany, GB and Poland had been battling the whole way, but the real drama happened on the final leg.

As the German Bastian Swillims moved up he placed an arm on the Russian Artem Sergeyenkov who had moved out from lane one. The Russian fell and after an appeal the Germans were disqualified.

Again it had been an excellent finale to a cracking race.

You can watch that event here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LachTwCBeO4.

The Sporting Week will continue to out features of classic moments during the year so look out for them here.

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Great day at Edinburgh X Country for GB

It was a great day for Great Britain at the BUPA Edinburgh Cross Country event as they came away with many convincing top tens and a domination in the Junior women’s 4km race.

The Senior Men’s 8km saw GB led by Andy Vernon and Tom Humphries who finished in third and fourth respectively.

Vernon was in a sprint for the line with USA runner Booby Mack and Spaniard Ayad Lamdassem and only missed out on top spot by two seconds.

In the Women’s race, European Under 23 champions Jess Coulson once again proved her worth with a brilliant fourth place, but it was Ireland’s Fionnula Britton who took a comfortable victory by 16 seconds over the 6km distance

The 3km women’s race was dominated by the Ethiopians and kenyas as Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) Meseret Defar (ETH) and Linet Masai (KEN) took the top three places. GB’s Lisa Dobriskey came away with an encouraging seventh in a tricky race.

The Men’s Junior race(6km) was dominated by Europe as Dino Bosnjak from Croatia took a sprint finish victory from Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli.

GB’s Jonathan Davies came home in fourth place in another brilliant run for the home nations.

However it was in the Junior Women’s 4km where Great Britain showed their class as the took the top six places.

Emelia Gorecka took an easier than expected victory from Jessica Judd as she broke away within the first five minutes and cantered to the finish. They were followed by Rebecca Weston, the Clay sisters Alex and Booby and Annabel Mason in a dominant performance.

The result shows real strength ind depth at level and with the likes of Jenny Walsh still available for selection, a promising future for women’s distance running.

It was a great day in the end for GB as they finished second in the overall standing behind Europe.

In other Cross Country news, Olympic Triathlon bronze medalist and World Champion Jonathan Brownlee was beaten into third at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley.

Full results from the County Championships, and the Bupa Edinburgh X Country can be found at http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/resultslookup.aspx in the coming days.

 

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No Christmas Break

While other European countries have Christmas breaks in their sporting calendar, England prepares for the festive period of sport.

The football fixtures are notoriously brilliant for springing up some superb crackers and this year is no different with big games for the top sides.

Manchester United have to face Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion in quick succession in two tricky games as they look to enter the New Year at the top of the tree.

Other title contenders and current champions Manchester City face Stoke City and they as well as Chelsea have to face inform Norwich City in the winter series of games.

Good runs for Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will propel the sides up the table and make their second half of the season much easier.

At the bottom, there are crucial games for Queens Park Rangers, Reading and Southampton as they try to get a roll going before the transfer market opens.

Yet it is not just football that continues its period. In athletics, the Indoor Championships, both National and International take place in the opening three months of the year, and with form a priority, competitions are quickly coming up.

Regional events take place in January, along with the coveted  UK series against the best in Europe and USA and are great places to get qualifying times and that winning mentality.

Winter Sports are inevitably reaching the middle of their fixture lists and with key championships in 2013, it is important to make a move and keep form, rather than presents, on the mind.

The darts world championship continues through the Christmas break too, and with the cricket coming to an end, and the Australian Open tennis around the corner, the festive period is action packed once more.

You will be able to catch all the action, as well as all the winter sport here at The Sporting week throughout the festive period.

 

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December Weekend of Sport

This weekend sees some great sport grace the calendar once again as Olympic year 2012 draws to a close.

The usual football festive season continues with all 92 league clubs in action, weather permitting, and a cracking Manchester Derby in the Premier League on Sunday.

In gymnastics, the World Cup takes place in Glasgow this Saturday with  some of the best GB Olympic medalists on show as they look to make it another home venue to be proud of.

England continue to play their third test against India as they look to make it a 2-1 lead after having previously been 1-0 down in the series. in the series so far, captain Alistair Cook has become England’s highest ever centurion.

In rugby union, the Heineken Cup continues to throw up its big matches with Sale taking on Toulan on Saturday as the group stages reach there conclusion.

The UK Championship snooker draws to a close this weekend too and with favourites out in the early rounds, like Judd Trump and John Higgins, a new title winner could be made from Ali Carter, Shaun Murphy, Mark Davis and Mark Selby.

There are the regular season ice hockey matches, the indoor season for athletics is starting to take shape with many regional competitions and there could be five race meets, including Aintree and Wetherby if the weather holds out.

You will be able to catch the review of the football, snooker, cricket, ice hockey, and gymnastics all here next week as well as our regular column of winter sports and the breaking sports news.

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Sports Personality of the Year Shortlist

This years Sports personality of the year is one of the most eagerly anticipated ever.

After an amazing 2012, the following 12 stars have made the shortlist for this years award:

Bradley Wiggins – Tour De France winner and also Olympic time trial gold medalist. Recently broke a few ribs on a bike ride in training but 2012 was a great year for the team sky rider.

Ben Ainslie – Olympic Gold medalist for the fourth time in the sailing, and flag bearer at the London 2012 closing ceremony.

Ellie Simmonds – Won even more Olympic golds as she cemented herself as GB’s queen in the pool. at only 17 years of age, the best could sill be yet to come for Simmonds

Jessica Ennis – Olympic heptathlon gold medalist, as well as breaking the world record in Gotzis earlier in the year.

Sir Chris Hoy – Six time Olympic gold medalist with his gold at the Olympics. Looking to become a second time winner of the trophy.

Rory McIlory – World number One, money leader on both the PGA and European tours and a major winner.

Nicola Adams- The first ever female Olympic Boxing champion, an iconic moment for British female sport.

David Wier – Winner of four gold medals at the Paralympic games, and has a dominance in the sport unrivaled by anyone else in any other sport right now.

Mo Farah – Double Olympic champion in the 5000m and 10,000m with some of the greatest ever moments in Olympic history.

Andy Murray – Finally ended that long wait for a British grand slam winner, as well as taking a gold medal at London and a silver in the mixed doubles

Sarah Storey – 11th gold medal at the London Paralympics made her the most decorated British Olympian ever.

Katherine Grainger – Finally won that rowing gold medal that had eluded her so far, after a moments last Olympic cycle.

The 12 nominations above have all had amazing 2012’s and the winner this year will fully deserve the prize.

Sports Personality of the year will take place on December 16th at the Excel centre in London, live from 7.30pm

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Bolt and Felix Take Honours

Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix were the winners at the 100th IAAF athlete of the year awards.

The celebratory week in Barcelona has seen some amazing remembrance videos and lectures, but it all culminated tonight with the awarding of the 2012 male and female athlete of the year.

Usain Bolt, up against David Rudisha and Aries Merritt, took the title after an impressive 2012 once more. The Jamaican star took gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay at the London 2012 Olympics, becoming the first man to successfully retain all three titles.

His year however did not see a world record in them, but he still ran the fastest 100m time of the year, and was a clear victor in both events in London.

For Rudisha and Merritt, their years both included gold medals at the Olympics and world records, and for both their time to shine will continue to grow.

In the female category, Felix was up against British heptathlete Jessica Ennis and New Zealand star Valerie Adams.

However unlike the others, Felix attempted a great double at the games and won, in what was a very bold move after her poor showing attempting the same double in the 2011 World Championships.

She is arguably the greatest ever female sprinter, able to combine explosive power for the 100m to the endurance for the 400m and is a valuable asset to any american relay side.

For Ennis, the European athlete of the year title will have to do for 2012, but she can be proud of her achievements and the new world record she set in Gotzis. For Adams, she will continue to improve and the athletics scene is hers to grasp with both hands.

You can find out more information about the IAAF centenary at www.iaaf.org/.

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