World Championship athletics: Christine Ohuruogu wins world title in Moscow by four thousandths

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 13/08/13 12:56pm

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Christine Ohuruogu celebrates second world title

Christine Ohuruogu celebrates second world title

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Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu won her second World Championship title after a thrilling late charge to claim the 400m gold in Moscow.

After a frantic late finish Ohuruogu won in a time of 49.41, a new British record, and by just four thousandths of a second.

The winner back in 2007 and Olympic champion in Beijing in 2008 produced an amazing finish to get the better of pre-race favourite Amantle Montsho right on the line.

"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."
Christine Ohuruogu

Defending world champion Montsho went out quickly and Ohuruogu was left with an awful lot to do as she rounded the final bend still miles behind the leaders.

Ohuruogu has a devastating late finish but even as she clawed back the ground it looked a bit too much to do, but right in the final few strides she managed to get back on terms.

As both athletes went through the line a photo finish was necessary to split them, and although they were both credited with the same time, it was Ohuruogu who was handed the gold for her second world title.

Captain's effort

Great Britain's team captain, who claimed silver at London 2012 last year, also celebrated breaking Kathy Cook's national record which had stood for 29 years.

"I can't believe I've done that, it feels like a dream," said Ohuruogu. "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.

Ohuruogu just beats Montsho on the dip to the line

"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."

With another of Team GB's stars missing in Jess Ennis-Hill, Katarina Johnson-Thompson flew the flag in the heptathlon, and she ended the day in sixth place after a mixed bag of performances.

The 20-year-old started the day promisingly only for a poor performance in the shot put holding her back, before she ended positively with a personal best in the 200m.

"The day has been mixed emotions as it always is with the heptathlon," she said. "I had a good start in the hurdles with 13.48, and I was quite happy with where I finished in the 200m, it was just the high jump and shot put that let me down."

William Sharman had hoped to add to Britain's tally as he made his third World Championship final in the 110m hurdles - having finished fourth and fifth in the last two - but again he had to settle for fifth.

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