Christine Ohuruogu managed to storm her way over the finish line of the 400m women’s run in the athletics World Championships, after looking as though she may finish well behind. Ohuruogu didn’t get off to the greatest start in the women’s 400m race and left it extremely late for her to use the remains of her energy to catch up. With around 100m left of the race, Christine Ohuruogu was only in 5th place, but she chose her timing perfectly and as her opponents slowed down, she found her pace.
Amantle Montsho was the reigning Champion in the 400m race as she won gold in the 2011 World Championships. It looked as though the competitor from Botswana was well on her way to victory with 100m left, but the crowd saw Christine Ohuruogu closing the gap behind Montsho. The excitement allowed spectators to revel in the atmosphere. The race boiled down to a photo finish which revealed that a dip of the head gave Ohuruogu the Gold medal, if Montsho had simply pushed her head forward like Ohuruogu did, she may have won.
This was Christine Ohuruogu’s personal best time, finishing in 49.41 seconds, she had to prove she was on her best form in order to triumph over Montsho. The British female runner got the bug for gold at the World Championships 6 years ago. She was first in the 2007 edition of the game held in Osaka. Christine Ohuruogu has won gold for Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and ran in her home Olympics to claim silver in a thrilling 400m performance inside Olympic Park.
After regaining her 400m title at the World Championships, Christine Ohuruogu commented, “I knew it would be Montsho on the line, that’s what I predicted. I knew it must be about experience and holding my nerve. I just remember thinking ‘my coach is going to kill me’ (on the final stretch.) He gave me specific instructions but I never listen. But I never panic. The race isn’t won until you cross the line. I knew I had to throw myself at the line, I knew it was going to be tight.”
Elsewhere in the world of athletics, Great Britain’s Mo Farah has reached the final of the World Championships 5,000m as he hopes to do the double, winning the 10,000m and the 5,000m. If Farah wins on Friday, he will become only the second man to do the double. Kenenisa Bekele, won both the 5,000m and 10,000m titles in the Olympics and the World Championships. Usain Bolt regained his 100m world title finishing the race in 9.77 seconds and as he crossed the finish line, fittingly a lightning Bolt lit up the sky.
Author Daniel Foster.
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