9 Mar 2009

Chambers wins European Indoors title

8:02 am on 9 March 2009

The British sprinter Dwain Chambers coasted to victory in the 60 metres final at the European Indoors Athletics Championships in Turin but favourite Blanka Vlasic flopped in the women's high jump.

Chambers, who revealed in his autobiography last week that he took a cocktail of more than 300 drugs in one year, won in 6.46 seconds -- slower than the European and championship record of 6.42 he set in yesterday's semi-final.

Banned for two years until 2006, the 30-year-old tried his hand at American Football and Rugby League before returning to sprinting and he will now prepare to face world record holder Usain Bolt in the world championships in Berlin in August.

Croatia's world champion and Olympic silver medallist Vlasic only finished fifth behind winner Ariane Friedrich of Germany, who leapt 2.01m.

Russia had another good day with Mariya Savinova running the quickest time indoors this year to win the women's 800m in one minute 58.10 while Yuriy Borzakovskiy triumphed in the men's race.

Yevgeniya Polyakova also edged the women's 60m final with her season's best time of 7.18 and the Russian women's 4x400m team surged to victory.