Dwain Chambers last night pleaded for his drugs past to be forgotten after winning gold in the 60 metres at the European Indoor Championships in Turin.
Chambers stormed to victory in 6.46 seconds at the Oval Lingotto, just 0.04secs slower than the new European record he set in Saturday’s semi-final.
Team-mate Simeon Williamson was agonisingly edged out of a bronze medal in fourth with Craig Pickering fifth.
"I just hope people let the past be the past now," said the 30-year-old, referring to his two-year drug ban in 2003. "It's gone on for far too long now.
"It's just great to be here with the team and celebrate in my national colours again. I haven't been able to do that for a while. It's good to get back on the medal rostrum again and start re-writing my name in the history books for the right reasons."