CHRISTINE OHURUOGU struck gold for Britain in Moscow last night with a dramatic late lunge for the line.
Christine Ohuruogu became the first British woman to win two world titles when she beat Amantle Montsho to 400m gold in a photo finish in Moscow. In an extraordinary race, the 29-year-old also broke Kathy Cook’s 29-year British record and now stands alongside Jonathan Edwards and Daley Thompson with three major championship gold medals. Mo Farah, with four major titles, is the only Briton to win more.
Ohuruogu was in dreamland after stealing the 400m World title from defending champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana in the final stride. Montsho seemed unaware of Ohuruogu’s famous finishing power and relaxed, assuming gold was hers. But the Brit dipped to hit the tape first.She endured an agonising wait before a photo-finish confirmed her triumph in a British record of 49.41secs.Ohuruogu said: “I can’t believe I’ve done that, it feels like a dream. It was so tight on the line and I was so desperate to win it. I just wanted my name to come up.”It is what I have been working towards all season. I was thinking, ‘Do what you can, just get over the line’. The icing on the cake is the national record, that’s all I wanted.
Christine pips Amantle Montsho to the gold medal
“Whatever you want just go for it. I am really happy. I kept believing and trusting in what I could do.” The British team captain shaved two 100ths of a second off the 49.43 set by Kathy Cook in 1984.And she had just four thousandths of a second advantage over Montsho.A year on from her surprise silver medal at London 2012, she was a top medal hope in an injury-hit GB team in Russia.
Christine left it late but charged to glory in the final 10m
“I can’t believe I’ve done that, it feels like a dream.”
said Christine Ohuruogu
Yet it looked as if she would struggle to match Mo Farah’s 10,000m gold after a slow start at the halfempty Luzhniki Stadium. Denied The 2007 world champion and 2008 Olympic champion would not be denied, though.
Trailing Montsho by yards and entering the home straight fourth, she drove forward to cross the line with the Botswanan.
Her triumph helped erase memories of the World Championships two years ago in Daegu, where she was disqualified from the heats after a false start.
Christine can’t believe it
William Sharman hoped to add to the Brit medal haul in the 110m hurdles after finishing the previous two World finals in fourth and joint fifth.But a 13.30secs run saw him finish fifth again.And Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Britain’s hope in the heptathlon with the injured Jessica Ennis-Hill missing, closed the day sixth in the standings.
Christine stands proud with her medal along with Montsho, left, and bronze medallist Antonina Krivoshapka, right,
Watch Christine Ohuruogu win 400m World Championship race on photo-finish in Moscow 2013
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