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Olympic Games 2008: Britain's Ohuruogu wins gold in women's 400

19 August 2008
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Christine Ohurogu (GBR) takes a victory lap after winning the womens 400m in 49.62 at National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Image of Sport) Christine Ohurogu (GBR) takes a victory lap after winning the womens 400m in 49.62 at National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Image of Sport)
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By Dave Ungrady

1. Christine Ohuruogu (GBR) - 49.62
2. Shericka Williams (JAM) - 49.69
3. Sanya Richards (USA) - 49.93
4. Yulia Gushchina (RUS) - 50.01
5. Anastasiya Kapachinskaya (RUS) - 50.03
6. Tatyana Firova (RUS) - 50.11
7. Rosemarie Whyte (JAM) - 50.68
8. Amantle Montsho (BOT) - 51.18

Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain continued her 400-meter unbeaten streak alive in 2008, winning the 400 meters Tuesday at the Beijing Olympics in a season’s best 49.62. American Sanya Richards led the race until the final stretch when a leg cramp slowed her to a bronze medal finish.

Ohuruogu won her second consecutive world title. She won the event at the 2007 world championships and has won her last seven 400-meter races, dating back to September 2007.

Richards, who finished sixth in the event at the 2004 Athens Olympics, felt the cramp about 20 meters into the final stretch and ran 49.93, .13 seconds off her best time of 2008.

"I thought, 'Oh no, not now,'" she said on NBCOlympics.com. "I hoped to have a big enough cushion to pull through, but it just got tighter and tighter."

Shericka Williams of Jamaica won the silver medal in a personal best 49.69. Williams and Richards won their first individual medals in a world championship or Olympic Games.



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