Dwain Chambers has won his fifth straight 100 metre British title after winning in Birmingham again on Sunday.
The 36-year-old ran a season's best time of 10.12 seconds to win the race and claim his eighth crown overall. The race was expected to be a battle between the younger sprinters, with Chijinju Ujah, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Richard Kilty.
Chambers, however, showed the field he still has what it takes, exploding out of the blocks and holding strong in the latter stages to win, with Aikines-Aryeetey taking the silver - and second automatic qualifying place for the European Championships in Zurich in August.
Pre-race favourite Ujah, who ran a stunning 9.96 seconds in the Netherlands earlier in the month, failed to beat the two in the last 30m and could only manage third.
It was Chambers who stole the headlines, though, and Chambers was delighted: "It is just such a relief," he was quoted as saying on the British Athletics website.
"There is a lot of young potential out there. I was running for my life – any one of those guys could have got me, everyone raises their intensity so I knew I had to raise my performance too and fortunately I did it.
"I train with CJ (Ujah) so I know how good he is in the second half of the race so I just tried to stay ahead of him. I put myself on the line knowing that if I didn't do it now, then that was it. My start is always my strength."
Such is the significance of the event to Chambers, the Belgrave Harrier revealed that if the race hadn't have gone well, he may have had to consider his position in the sport.
"Earlier in the season, things weren't going well and if it didn't go well today, I knew it was done. I would have had to seriously review my situation."
Other winners in the Championships included Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who won the long jump in a personal best of 6.81m, and 400m hurdler Eilidh Child.
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