Stratford’s Ohuruogu can’t defend 400m title
PUBLISHED: 13:58 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:05 27 August 2015
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Great Britain athlete can’t keep up with United States rival Allyson Felix and finishes last at 2015 World Championships event
Newham & Essex Beagle Christine Ohuruogu finished last in the 400m final at the 2015 World Championships at Beijing this afternoon.
The Stratford star couldn’t get close to United States rival Allyson Felix, who blew the rest of the field away with a time of 49.26 seconds.
Ohuruogu watched Felix sprint past her during the opener 100m leg and despite initially staying with the pace, couldn’t keep up in the end.
The 31-year-old qualified for the final with an assured display in the semi-final where she ran a season’s best time of 50.16 secs on Tuesday.
Ohuruogu, who claimed the Olympic title in Beijing back in 2008, was hoping to spring a surprise by claiming the gold medal and in the process defend her crown.
But the talent of Felix proved to be too strong and she stormed to victory and didn’t even look tried after crossing the line!
The Newham & Essex Beagle finished with a time of 50.63m after easing off at the end on ultimately a disappointing afternoon for Ohuruogu.
After the final, the 31-year-old said: “I didn’t really have a race plan, I knew I was with a bunch of sprinters who know how to sprint pretty well. I knew I would have to get out quite strong.
“I thought it would be a tussle down the straight, but I didn’t anticipate the kick the sprinters had.
“It has been an emotional ride and I am sure a lot will say the same. I suppose the build-up, I have been preparing for this over the past year.
“My preparation has been tough. The plan was to come back and defend my title. It was about salvaging a season as best as I could.
“Being here, look you can’t fight at home. I knew if I was here I could fight for myself.”
Unfortunately that wasn’t enough for Ohuruogu, but she did well to reach the final after the year she has had.
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