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Chambers has easy ride to gold at Turin indoors

BRITISH sprinter Dwain Chambers coasted to victory in the 60 meters final at the European Indoors Athletics Championships in Turin, Italy, on Sunday but favorite Blanka Vlasic flopped in the women's high jump.

Chambers, who revealed in his autobiography last week that he took a cocktail of more than 300 drugs in one year, won in 6.46 seconds - slower than the European and championship record of 6.42 he set in Saturday's semifinal.

Banned for two years until 2006, the 30-year-old tried his hand at American Football and Rugby League before returning to sprinting and he will now prepare to face world record holder Usain Bolt at the world championships in Berlin in August.

Croatia's world champion and Olympic silver medalist Vlasic only finished fifth behind winner Ariane Friedrich of Germany, who leapt 2.01m.

"I could not find the technique in my legs. I don't know what happened," Vlasic said.

Russia had another good day with Mariya Savinova running the quickest time indoors this year to win the women's 800m in one minute 58.10, while Yuriy Borzakovskiy triumphed in the men's race.

Yevgeniya Polyakova also edged the women's 60m final with her season's best time of 7.18 and the Russian women's 4x400m team surged to victory.

Hosts Italy had joy in the men's 4x400m relay final when they edged out Britain while Portugal's Rui Silva won the men's 1500m and Alemitu Bekele Degfa of Turkey held on to take the women's 3,000m title.

Away from the track, Sebastian Bayer of Germany prevailed in the men's long jump with a European and championship record of 8.71m following just one earlier leap of 8.29 in the final. Estonia's Mikk Pahapill set a national record and the best indoor score this year when he took gold in the men's heptathlon with 6,362 points on the final day.


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