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Chambers, Stewart win 100m titles in Paris

PARIS — Great British and European number one sprinter this season, Dwain Chambers and Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart registered 100-metres wins in cold conditions at the Alma Athletics meeting in Montreuil – Eastern Paris, on Thursday.

By Mellissa Henry, AAP, World-Track

PARIS — Great British and European number one sprinter this season, Dwain Chambers and Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart registered 100-metres wins in cold conditions at the Alma Athletics meeting in Montreuil – Eastern Paris, on Thursday.

Chambers, the disgrace sprinter for using a banned substance in 2003, ran home in 10.17 seconds to win at the low-key meeting.

The 31-year-old, who has been barred from the big meetings in Europe, is using these small events to prepare for the World Athletics Championships in August.

He crossed the line ahead of Harry Aikines-Arteetey (GBR), who was timed at 10.33sec for second while local stars Martial Mbandjock, and Ronald Pognon finished third and fourth, respectively.

During his comeback, Chambers won the 60m sprint at the European indoor championships this winter and the 100m at the Papaflessia athletics meet in Greece in a season’s European best of 10.06 seconds.

Meanwhile, Stewart, the Olympic silver medallist from Beijing last summer cruised to victory in the women’s event.

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Stewart, who suffered her first defeat of the season at the Prefonataine Classic in Eugene last Sunday, bounced back with victory in 11.14seconds.

"I just came here to have a race,” Stewart said. "Everything went well except for my start which could have been a lot better.

"I’m still working on stuff and will try to do better in Berlin on Sunday."

The Jamaican who leads the world with a sizzling 10.92sec out-sprinted Muriel Hurtis-Houairi of France, 11.59, and her French teammate Lina Jacques- Sébastien, who came home in 11.61.

Briton Christine Ohuruogu destroyed the field in the 400m, the Olympic, world and Commonwealth champion claiming victory in 51.14sec.

Lewis finished first in men’s triple jump with a best of 17.17 metres.
He topped Cuban favourites Alexis Copello (17.09 metres) and Arnie David Girat (17.07m).

“It’s a good feeling to compete and win against those guys”, Lewis said. “I’m very happy because I had a few meetings before this one and the results were not to my expectations.

"I couldn’t compete indoors because of a back injury and I didn’t train in January and February. My first and second competitions outdoors were very bad (including a sixth place in Belem behind the Cubans) and now it’s finally coming together.”

Sands finished ahead of the men’s 110m hurdles field with 13.45seconds. American Jeff Porter (13.54) and France’s Dimitri Bascou (13.68) finished behind him.

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“I’m being consistent with my results and overall that’s a pretty good result,” Sands said.

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