Ohuruogu lunged for the line just as reigning champ Amantle Montsho began to slow before the line.
Ohuruogu lunged for the line just as reigning champ Amantle Montsho began to slow before the line. Official Handout

Four thousandths of a second separate places in 400m sprint

BRITAIN'S Christine Ohuruogu cemented her reputation for leaving it late by snatching the 400 metres world title from defending champion Amantle Montsho with a desperate lunge to the line on Monday.

She was fourth coming off the final bend but powered down the home straight to catch Montsho on the line.

Botswana's Montsho, aiming to become only the second woman to win back-to-back world 400 golds, was left to despair the fact she did not dip at the finish with just 0.004 seconds separating the two rivals who were both given a time of 49.41 seconds.

The pair endured an anxious wait before the result came up on the big screen at the half-empty Luzhniki stadium and a beaming smile broke out across Ohuruogu's face as her name flashed up first while Montsho was left staring in disbelief.

Russian Antonina Krivoshapka took the bronze in 49.78.

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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