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Christine Ohuruogu wins 400m gold in epic race

ESPN staff
August 12, 2013
Christine Ohuruogu dips to edge out Amantle Montsho to win gold © Getty Images

Christine Ohuruogu won the women's 400m title in a remarkable race in which she came from some way back to beat Amantle Montsho in a photo finish. It was her second world championship gold - the first was in 2007 - to add to her Olympic gold and silver.

Ohuruogu was well behind as the athletes reached the home straight and even 30 metres out it seemed she had left herself too much to do, but she dipped perfectly to edge out Montsho who almost appeared to be leaning back at the crucial moment. The margin of victory was officially fourth thousandths of a second (0.004).

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Her time of 49.41 seconds beat the long-standing UK record set by Kathy Cook at the 1984 LA Olympics.

"I think I'm going to pass out, when I think this is a national record it's great," Ohuruogu said. "A national record has cemented my 400m reign; that personal best was long overdue. It's been such a long three days and I told my coach I thought I was going mad. I get to celebrate with my sister, I'm so happy I really don't know what to say."

"Ohuruogu is so patient in her races and as a person, it all came together in this race," said Michael Johnson on the BBC. "She wasn't winning ... three metres from the finish line she wasn't even in it. It was doing things in the right way that won it. You can see the determination on her face she wasn't going to leave anything on the track. She wanted it more.

"Every 400m runner knows that Ohuruogu is going to be dangerous on the home straight so I don't know why Montsho didn't realise that at the end."

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