GB sprinter wants to carry on despite relay anguish at World Championships
PUBLISHED: 22:17 21 August 2013 | UPDATED: 22:17 21 August 2013
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Dwain Chambers has hinted that the Moscow World Championships might not be his last following a familiar story of medal heartbreak in the sprint relay.
The Archway athlete was part of the Great Britain 4x100m relay team that believed they had done enough to secure a bronze medal behind the USA and Jamaica in Sunday’s final.
But an illegal changeover between Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Ellington meant that GB were disqualified from the race – for the fourth time in their last four major outings.
However, Chambers – who had already suffered the disappointment of failing to make the individual 100m final in Moscow earlier in the week – made it clear that he was not considering the possibility of retirement.
“Just because we did not succeed the way we wanted does not mean you stop, you get back up again. So that’s what you have to do and what we will do,” said Chambers.
“All we can do now is get back home, build up our team spirits and move on to next year. We have to dust ourselves off and move on to next summer.
“There is no chance that I am considering retiring – that does not come into my mind. I still love the sport and the relay was just a taste of that enjoyment again.
“It’s emotional – to be able to cross the line in third place and secure a medal is great and we were all looking forward to getting on the podium. But this is sport and it’s just unfortunate.”
The 35-year-old will now be setting his sights on next year’s European Championships, as well as the Commonwealth Games, which take place in Glasgow.
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