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British sprinter's results erased because of past doping

MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Dwain Chambers' European 100-meter
title was erased Monday along with his other results the past 1½
years because of the British sprinter's doping record.

Chambers was banned for two years after testing positive for the
steroid THG in November 2003. All his personal and team results
from January 2002 to August 2003 were annulled by track and field's
governing body.

He returned to competition this month after agreeing to repay
all winnings and earnings during that time to the International
Association of Athletics Federations and UK Athletics. In his
comeback race this month, he finished third in 10.07 at the British
Grand Prix in Sheffield, England.

Chambers will compete for Britain in the 100 and the relay at
the European Cup in Malaga, Spain, which starts Wednesday. It will
be his first appearance for Britain since the 2003 world
championships.

The decision means the 28-year-old runner loses his second place
finish from the IAAF World Athletics final in Paris in September
2002, when he equaled Linford Christie's European record of 9.87
seconds.

Chambers also was stripped of his winning time of 9.96 seconds
in the 100 at the European Championships in Munich, Germany, in
2002. Francis Obikwelu of Portugal moves into first place with his
time of 10.06.

Chambers acknowledged last November that he had been using THG
1½ years before failing an out-of-competition drug test on August
1, 2003. The IAAF then moved to punish him for that period.

Chambers and his British relay team lose gold medals from the
100- and 400-meter relay at the 2002 European Cup in Annecy,
France. The relay team also loses the gold medal won at the
European Championships.

The result at Annecy also means the British team should not have
been eligible to compete at the IAAF World Cup in Madrid in
September 2002. But the IAAF decided not to punish individual
contestants at the World Cup for Chambers' actions.

The European Athletic Association still has to confirm the
revised results of the meets in Munich and Annecy.