Dwain Chambers, 45, to race at UK Indoor Championships

Sprinter Dwain Chambers/Dwain Chambers, 45, to race at UK Indoor Championships
Dwain Chambers recently described himself as the ‘Benjamin Button’ of sprinting - Martin Rickett/PA

Dwain Chambers is a surprise entry in the British men’s 60 metres championships next month after setting a world over-45s record of 6.81sec.

Chambers, who was banned for doping 20 years ago and won the last of his five national indoor 60m titles in 2012, recently described himself as the ‘Benjamin Button’ of sprinting and will take on athletes less than half his age in Birmingham next month.

The 45-year-old’s time earlier this year at Lee Valley puts him among the top 25 men in Britain this year, although there would still need to be a huge improvement to get near the 6.58 standard that is required to qualify for Britain’s team at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow in March.

Chambers, who won the 2010 world indoor 60m title, ran a 6.41 personal best for that distance in 1999 which still remains the British record.

He tested positive for the anabolic steroid THG in 2003 and served a two-year ban before returning to athletics and even taking up American football. A father of three children between the ages of 12 and 18, Chambers now coaches young athletes in Lee Valley and has become a strong anti-doping voice.

In a recent interview with the The Times, he said: “I took from this sport and I damaged it. I’m sorry for that, but I am an example of what you can do when you do wrong. Athletes get banned and walk away. No mate, you have a responsibility.

“Now I can talk to young people and try to catch them if they start going down the wrong path. People choose to dope because it’s a quick fix and they don’t believe in themselves, but there have been lots of athletes who’ve won without it.”

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, 35, has also entered the British indoor championships following his appearance as Nitro on the BBC’s remake of Gladiators.

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