London 2012

Silver for Ohuruogu

Londoner dethroned by Richards-Ross in 400m final

By Graeme Mair - Twitter: @gmair 1.   Last Updated: 05/08/12 10:51pm

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Defending champion Christine Ohuruogu was narrowly beaten into second place by Sanya Richards-Ross in the Olympic 400 metres final.

As was the case four years ago, Great Britain's Ohuruogu came through strongly in the home straight after sitting off the early pace.

She overhauled everyone except American Richards-Ross, who had faded to third in Beijing but this time held on to take gold in 49.55 seconds.

For Richards-Ross it was a first individual Olympic title to go with her relay golds from 2004 and 2008.

"I thought I still had some time but the line came too soon."
Christine Ohuruogu Quotes of the week

Londoner Ohuruogu, whose family lives so close to the Olympic site in Stratford that she could walk to the stadium, clocked a season's best 49.70s, two hundreths ahead of bronze medalist DeeDee Trotter.

Tough

"It was heartbreaking," said Ohuruogu. "To lose my title like that was tough.

"Sanya's a worthy competitor and she ran a good race. I have to be happy with what I've got. It could have been worse.

"I tightened up. I could feel my shoulders lifting, it's really hard to control when you're under fatigue.

"I thought I still had some time but the line came too soon.

"I came here with one thing and one thing only (in mind) and that was to continue my reign as Olympic champion. I'm just a bit disappointed."

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