Chambers woe in Gothenburg
A clearly unfit Dwain Chambers crashed out in the heats of the 60m at the European Indoor Championships at Gothenburg's 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 fifth in his heat in 6.78 seconds.
That was way down on his best this season of 6.58secs and, with the top four in each heat advancing to the semi-finals, not even quick enough for a fastest loser spot after every athlete in the third and final heat went quicker than him.
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.
Fellow Britons 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 6.65 with just 0.01 separating the top three.
He said: "It was a season's best and I am going to take it lower than that.
"I have not focused on indoors and only started to do some speed work. I've trained with Dwain the last two weeks which was good."
Dasaolu, who finished second to European leader Michael Tumi of Italy in 6.62, said: "I'm very happy. I wanted to qualify as easily as possible and don't feel like I expended too much energy. I would love to win my first senior medal so that's my goal this weekend."
Chambers' exit meant he was the first British athlete to go out at these three-day championships.
Team captain Jenny Meadows, the defending champion who was racing for only the second time in 18 months after an Achilles injury wrote off her 2012 season, reached the 800m semi-finals.
The Wigan athlete held on for third place in 2:02.88 and, with her heat comfortably the fastest, went through as the third fastest athlete overall.
Meadows only received her gold medal from the 2011 event at her comeback race in Birmingham a fortnight ago, having been upgraded from silver after Russian 'winner' Yevgeniya Zinurova was banned for doping.
She has admitted this year's event was not on her agenda until she ran so well in Birmingham
Meadows said: "That was quite tough if I am honest. In all my training I have been running with no-one else so I can run very fast on my own in lane one, but it's completely different racing.
"I did not want to lead the whole way and sometimes that stops your natural flow. I am going to have to do a bit of work before I can think about the final and getting a medal."
Irish pair Ciara Everard and Rose-Anne Galligan won their respective heats to advance impressively.