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TVH sprinter backs disgraced Dwain

PUBLISHED: 13:10 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 24 August 2010

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12:  Dwain Chambers of Great Britain celebrates as he crosses the line to win the Mens 100m Final during the Aviva National Championships & Olympic Trials at Alexander Stadium on July 12, 2008 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12: Dwain Chambers of Great Britain celebrates as he crosses the line to win the Mens 100m Final during the Aviva National Championships & Olympic Trials at Alexander Stadium on July 12, 2008 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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By Ziad Chaudry THAMES Valley Harriers sprinter Andre Williams offered his backing to controversial 100m champion Dwain Chambers after running against him at Saturday s UK Championships. Williams, who ran in the same semi-final heat as Chambers at Alexand

By Ziad Chaudry

THAMES Valley Harriers sprinter Andre Williams offered his backing to controversial 100m champion Dwain Chambers after running against him at Saturday's UK Championships.

Williams, who ran in the same semi-final heat as Chambers at Alexander Stadium, admitted he couldn't understand the negative publicity surrounding the new national champion.

Chambers is due to learn today whether his High Court challenge to a lifetime Olympic ban for drug offences - and claim to a place in the GB squad for Beijing - have been successful.

And Williams, who was a silver medallist at this year's Middlesex Championships, told the Times: "I don't know what all the fuss is about really.

"Dwain is a great athlete and I want to see him run in Beijing. The press make and break an athlete, that's how I see it, but I personally support Chambers and all the rest of the athletes."

The 22-year-old from Kensal Green was pleased with his own debut outing at the UK Championships, where he clocked 10.86 seconds and finished seventh in his semi-final heat.

He said: "It's been a breakthrough, a great experience being here. So far my season has been consistent, especially in the British League, where I ran some good times in the 100m and 200m.

"I'm still looking to break the under-23 national record and that's what I'm aiming for before the season ends."

But Williams' TVH colleagues Jason Commissiong and James Christie, who raced in the same heat, both fell at the first round stage.

Toby Sandeman and Stuart Benson were also eliminated in their opening 200m heats, but 21-year-old Nick Leavy was a semi-finalist in the men's 400m.

Neil Dougal achieved a season's best time of 1:51.50 in his qualifying heat before pulling out of the 800m B final, while Eddie Betts was a first round casualty in the men's 400m hurdles.

The oldest competitor in the trials, 44-year-old Steve White, made only two attempts in the men's hammer before finishing 13th with a 57.20m effort, nearly 10m below his PB.

Yvette Henry failed to make it through the second round of the women's 100m after finishing fifth in 12.09, while sprint hurdler Angie Broadbelt also ended her challenge in the opening round.


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