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LAWRENCE CLARKE COLUMN: Captain Ohuruogu’s Moscow gold was a real highlight
6:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
MONDAY night’s women’s 400m final was one of the highlights of the past 20 years of British track and field.
Christine Ohuruoghu secured her place on the gold medal podium for the second time at a World Championships.
Managing to pip Amantle Montsho on the line by four-thousandths of a second, she lived up to the expectation placed on her as team captain of Great Britain and as a British legend.
The World Championships have been under way in Moscow since Saturday.
They have produced a mixture of surprise and relief, with the Luzhniki Stadium the stage of some interesting results.
In the men’s pole vault, there was defeat for the reigning Olympic champion and outright favourite, Renaud Lavillenie.
The men’s long jump saw British Olympic champion Greg Rutherford go out in the first round due to injury problems.
Dai Greene, the defending 400m hurdles world champion, exited in the semi-finals, struggling with form due to injury setbacks over the year.
Despite these disappointments, Britain’s Mo Farah, who set expectations high by his performances last year, held off a late challenge from the defending champion in the last 200m of his 10,000m final to clinch his first world gold over that distance.
James Dasaolu, Britain’s 100m hope, showed a glimpse of his form in the semis, clocking 9.97secs.
But sadly he was unable to capitalise on his progression this year with a place on the podium.
Usain Bolt managed to win back the world title he threw away in 2011 with a false start. He won in emphatic style in 9.77, ahead of the shameless American drugs cheat Justin Gatlin.
IN my event, the 110m hurdles, David Oliver, from the USA, won in a world-leading time of 13.00.
The final was carnage with almost every single athlete hitting hurdles.
Oliver had never been able to assail the likes of former Olympic champions Dayron Robles or Liu Xiang.
But in the absence of those greats and in the presence of the current Olympic Champion and world record holder, Aries Merritt, he clinched gold for the USA.
In 2010 he ran 12.89 in Paris and showed the form that might take him to world gold in 2011 and Olympic gold in 2012.
But due to either misfortune or injuries, he was unable to achieve either.
However, at the age of 31, he has finally taken the crown that has evaded him for too long.
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