Christine Ohuruogu reaches final with dominant display
Christine Ohuruogu fired a warning shot to her 400 metres rivals on Sunday with a dominant display that secured safe progression to the World Championship final.
The 29-year-old looks in the form of her life, following up a comfortable heats victory with a similarly impressive semi-final win on an evening that saw James Dasaolu fell short in the 100m final.
Ohuruogu crossed the line in a season’s best time of 49.75 seconds despite easing down at the finish and looks set to threaten Kathy Cook’s 29-year-old British record of 49.43 on Monday.
“I’m just really happy to be in the final,” she said. “I wanted to make sure I finished well at the end.”
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The Londoner gave little away as she marched through the media zone, although her coach Lloyd Cowan was more forthcoming.
“All I asked her to do was to execute her race really well,” he said.
“There is a point when all I need her to do is get the very simple things right and then she’ll be fine.
“We absolutely can’t take anything for granted tomorrow – there are six girls inside 50 seconds and most of them are going to be even closer to the line in the final.
“At the end of the day I’ll just be happy if she puts together a great race tomorrow, that’s all I want.”
While Ohuruogu is on course to add to the 10,000m crown won by Mo Farah, Dasaolu fell short of a podium finish in the 100m.
Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey failed to make it through the semi-finals, but Dasaolu comfortably progressed as a fastest loser after clocking 9.97s.
It was his second sub-10 time of the summer, but he was unable to produce a third in the final, finishing eighth in 10.21s.
“The semi obviously took a lot out of me,” Dasaolu said after the final won by the indomitable Usain Bolt. “I gave it my best. All I could.
“I think I was with the field up until the final 50m, 60m, and then they started to run away from me.
“I just felt the semi took it out of me, but I made it through three rounds here and I am just happy to be injury-free and able to continue with the rest of the season.
“It is my first world final, it is a big achievement for me. At the beginning of the season, it was one of my goals along with going sub-10.
“Hopefully this will be one of many finals to come and I am just going to get experience, so next time I will know what to expect and hopefully be fighting for medals.”
Another British medal hope to fall short today was Shara Proctor in the long jump final.
The Anguilla-born athlete could only manage a best of 6.79m after going 6.85m in qualification – a distance which would have been enough to take bronze.
“As an athlete you have to have a short-term memory,” Proctor said.
“Yesterday was in the past and I forgot about it and came here with a new mind-set to win a medal but it just didn’t happen.”
Elsewhere today, Olympic finalist Andrew Osagie produced a season’s best of 1:44.85 for fourth place to make the 800m final, but Michael Rimmer failed to progress from his semi-final.
Alex Wright finished 31st in the 20km race walk final, while in the morning session 2011 silver medallist Hannah England came through the women’s 1,500 metres heats.
Compatriot Laura Weightman had hoped to do the same, but her lack of training following a fall at last month’s British Championships showed.
Nigel Levine reached the men’s 400m semi-finals with a comfortable fourth-place finish in 45.41s, while William Sharman and Asha Philip made the same stage of the men’s 110m hurdles and women’s 100m respectively.