Ohuruogu times her run perfectly to win World gold in Moscow
Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu broke Kathy Cook’s 29-year-old national record tonight as she won her second 400 metres World Championship in stunning fashion.
Six years on from triumphing in Osaka, the 29-year-old team captain crossed the line in 49.41 seconds – shaving two hundredths of a second off the time set by Cook in 1984.
It was far from easy for Ohuruogu, though, and it had looked like gold was Amantle Montsho’s until an incredible late surge and dip for the line secured victory by four thousandths of a second.
A year on from winning a surprise silver medal at London 2012, she was considered one of the leading medal hopes of an injury-depleted Great Britain team in Russia.
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However, it looked as if Ohuruogu would struggle to match Mo Farah’s opening day 10,000m gold after a slow start at the Luzhniki.
The 2008 Olympic champion would not be denied, though.
Trailing Montsho by a substantial distance with only 50m remaining, she drove forward to cross the line with the Botswanan.
It took a photo finish to separate the pair, with Ohuruogu incredibly pipping Montsho in race that home favourite Antonina Krivoshapka took bronze.
“I thank god, I am so grateful” she told the BBC, having broken her previous personal best of 49.61s set in the 2007 world final.
“I can’t believe I’ve done that, it feels like a dream.
“It is what I have been working towards all season, it was so tight on the line and I was so desperate to win it. I just wanted my name to come up.
“The last couple of days have been really tough and I just wanted to thank everyone who helped me. It feels really surreal and strange, it doesn’t feel like I’m really here.
“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.
“Whatever you want just go for it, I am really happy I kept believing and trusting in what I could do.”