Dwain Chambers began his quest to reclaim the 60m European Indoor title with an emphatic victory at British Athletics Glasgow International Match meeting on Saturday.
The 34-year-old Belgrave Harriers sprinter easily beat Kim Collins of St Kitts & Nevis and USA’s Mike Rodgers in front of a sold-out Emirates Arena audience to register 6.58secs, the second-fastest time in the world so far this year.
Chambers is confident he can go to Gothenburg, Sweden next month and take back the title from Portugal’s 2011 champion Francis Obikwelu: “The goal is to put up a performance indoors and that involves getting the European title back,” said the Team GB regular.
“I’m going to do my best to achieve that and hopefully that’ll carry me through to greater success throughout the summer.”
Although he was happy with his first outing of 2013 Chambers admits it is early days as there is plenty of work still to be done: “The season’s started very well so I’m very pleased with that.
“But it’s still early days though and I’ve got races in Moscow as well as the national trials where I want to be able to qualify comfortably for the Euros, and hopefully I can go from strength to strength from there onwards.
“I’m always looking longer term too. I’ve still got the enthusiasm to go out there and run, and while the wheels are still spinning as fast as they are I’m going to keep on going.”