Christine helps GB into relay final

Newham star is star for Great Britain

Newham & Essex Beagle star Christine Ohuruogu anchored the GB 4x400m relay team into tomorrow’s Olympic final with a controlled run tonight.

The Stratford runner, who won a sensational silver medal in the individual 400m last Saturday clocked the third fastest time of anyone in the semi-final to lead the team home in third place, though way behind the United States and Russia.

The 28-year-old confessed she was relieved to get through the heat.

“I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was nice to get the hard bit out of the way and we will now see what we can do in the final,” she said.

The team of Shana Cox on lead off, Lee McConnell, Elidh Child and Christine Ohuruogu on the anchor clocked 3.25.05 to finish third in their heat.

Cox, of Woodford Green and Essex Ladies had an excellent first leg, matching the powerful Amercans outside her, but it was the Russians who took early control as Cox handed over to McConnell.

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She ran another good leg, but a poor change over to Child left GB well behind the two leaders.

Child seemed to be running within herself and in the final straight she held off the challengers to hand over to Ohuruogu in third place with the Czechs chasing hard.

Ohuruogu showed the form that won her the silve medal in the individual 400m as she held the lead over the Czechs with ease to the end of the race, clocking 50.6, which was the third fastest of any girl in the semi-final as GB qualified comfortably in third, though way behind winners the US, who won in 3.22.09 and second placed Russia.

The first heat saw Jamaica cruise to an impressive victory in a time of 3.25.13 with Ukraine qualifying in second and France in third.