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Darren Campbell takes a stand

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Darren Campbell refused to join his team-mates on a lap of honour after the 4x100 metres team won Britain's only gold medal at the European Athletics Championships in the Ullevi Stadium last night in a protest against Dwain Chambers.


The 32-year-old Sale runner, wearing a British vest for the last time before retiring, had not wanted Chambers included in the team following his two-year ban for taking the anabolic steroid THG and subsequent admission that he had been using the drug in 2002, which had recently led to Britain to being stripped of the gold medal they had won in Munich.


Campbell shook only Marlon Devonish's hand at the end and waved away Chambers and Mark Lewis-Francis, another athlete to have previously tested positive for drugs and who had been involved in a fight earlier in the week on the training track here with Tim Abeyie, a training partner of Campbell's.


The tension between the four members of the team was also clearly visible on the podium when they received their gold medals. Campbell also referred to "accusations" about him that he refused to elaborate on. "What is there to say?" said Campbell afterwards. "There's your gold. If that's what the sport is about, there's the gold. Celebrate, celebrate. I've made my situation clear. I just can't take the rubbish any more. I'm not a hypocrite. How can I do a lap of honour?"

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