Athletics

Dwain Chambers withdraws from Commonwealth Games

Chambers won the 100m title at last month's British Championships (©GettyImages)
Chambers won the 100m title at last month's British Championships (©GettyImages).

British Champion Dwain Chambers has withdrawn from this month's Commonwealth Games to instead focus on the European Championships in August.

The 36-year-old, who won a fifth successive 100 metre title at the British Championships in Birmingham, was selected for the Games in Glasgow as part of the 4X100m relay team.

Five-man squad

Chambers' decision leaves Team England with a relay squad of; Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty, Mark Lewis-Francis, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Andy Robertson. As of yet, no replacement has been announced.

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The void left by the withdrawal of heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been filled, however. 

Johnson-Thompson was one of England's highest hopes for a gold medal in athletics, but the 21-year-old pulled because of an injury to her foot yesterday.

KJT replacement

Her place has been awarded to 24-year-old Jess Tappin. And the athlete took to Twitter to share her thoughts: "Due to @JohnsonThompson devastating injury I've been asked to represent England.

"I promise to do my best on behalf of us both."

That change was one of many announced by Team England with the Games just two days away.

Other replacements

In the women's 400m hurdles, Laura Wake has been called up to replace the injured Meghan Beesley, while Kate Avery will compete in the 10,000m in place of Jo Pavey. Pavey will still contest the 5000m, though.

On the men's side, 10,000m runner Chris Thompson has also withdrawn after failing to recover from a leg injury.

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