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Ohuruogu expects tough times to repeating Osaka gold medal position in Beijing

13 June 2008
www.world-track.org

British sprinter Christine Ohuruogu expects a much more challenging time to repeat the number one position in the 400m at the Beijing Olympic Games following her victorious performance at last summer's World Championships in Osaka, Japan.

In Osaka, Ohuruogu (49.61) surprisingly came from the pack to snatch victory away from her fellow British teammate Nicola Sanders in 49.65 and Jamaica's Novlene Williams (49.66).

However, with several other athletes, including American pre-Olympic favourite Sanya Richards, who missed the world championships, expected to bring their A-game believes this time will be tougher.

"It is going to be very hard to defend the position of world number one from the World Championships in Osaka at the Olympics," said Ohuruogu.

"But I want to try it. It will be necessary to run sub 49 seconds to get gold.

"It was my first outdoor 400m this year so I am satisfied with my time," she added.

After concentrating on the 200m for the early parts of this season, the 24-year-old who surprised a strong field, including Bahamian Tonique Williams-Darling in 2006 to win the Commonwealth Games title, opened her season with a solid 51.06 seconds winning run at the Zlata Tetra - Golden Spike - IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting in Ostrava on Thursday.

She beat American Ebonie Floyd (51.44) and Russia's European silver medallist Tatyana Veshkurova (51.70).



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