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Ohuruogu rests easy after record
Christine Ohuruogu was able to rest easy for the first time in weeks after breaking the long-standing British 400 metres record on course to World Championship glory.
When Kathy Cook ran 49.43 seconds in August 1984, few could have predicted it taking 29 years for a Briton to run quicker.
Ohuruogu was just two-and-a-half months old when Cook crossed the line in Los Angeles and has spent her adult life trying to overcome that record.
On Monday she did just that, surging down the home straight to pip favourite Amantle Montsho by four thousands of a second to secure a second world crown in a time of 49.41 secs.
"I am one of the old girls now," Ohuruogu said. "I knew it must be about experience and holding my nerve.
"That must be the fifth championship final I have been to so I know what I am doing.
"I thought I could safely bet that they would not know how to safely manage the final. And I know I'm a lot stronger. My body has gone through war. So I kind of had that on my side. And I knew that I was brave enough to challenge if I had to."
Ohuruogu now has the 4x400m relay in Moscow to look forward to, as well as a good night's sleep.
"I knew it was going to be hard," the 2008 Olympic gold medallist said. "Montsho's a tough cookie like me.
"I can actually sleep now. I've not slept in weeks, this has been the only thing I've been thinking about. This is what I predicted.
"I knew it would be me and Montsho on the line. And because of the team speech as well. I have probably got about two days' worth of sleep to catch up on."