Chambers furious over European exit
A clearly unfit Dwain Chambers admitted he was hurting as he lost his cool after crashing out in the heats of the 60 metres at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.
The red mist descended when he could only finish fifth in the opening round at the Scandinavium Arena. The veteran sprinter, who has struggled with a back problem which forced him to miss last month's trials, lacked his customary power as he came home in 6.78 seconds - not even quick enough for a fastest loser spot.
A visibly furious Chambers, the defending silver medallist, stormed through the mixed zone afterwards, not stopping to talk to the media having already angrily discarded his shirt and shoes. Speaking after his frustration had subsided, the 34-year-old said: "The performance was not what I expected and I can only express my disappointment."
He continued: "A lot of time and effort was put into me getting to these championships, and I want to apologise to the people whose time I feel I have wasted.
"I came here with all the intention to do well and fight for a medal, which is always what I have been renowned for doing, but the injury obviously took more out of me than I had anticipated. So with that I'm really disappointed and feel bad for letting people down.
"There was no pain. I think what happened is that I spent all my time getting ready to get on the plane injury free and I didn't prioritise my time to prepare for the championships. I thought I was going to be all right, but that was the wrong mind process I'd put myself into - I just wasn't ready. I'm disappointed that I've let people down.
"In situations like these where you want to do well, you expect to do well and people expect you to do well...it hurts. I know what I'm capable of doing and it is disappointing that I am not able to do that. Now I'm just going to cheer on the rest of the team."
Chambers' exit meant he was the first British athlete to go out at these three-day championships. Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Dasaolu looked in rather better shape as they progressed with ease.
Aikines-Aryeetey, the former world junior 100m champion who missed out on London 2012 because of injury, finished third in the first heat in a season's best 6.65s with just 0.01 separating the top three.
Dasaolu, who went quicker as he finished second to European leader Michael Tumi of Italy in 6.62, said: "I would love to win my first senior medal so that's my goal this weekend."