Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Athletics: British Duo Are on Medals Trail; Personal Bests See Sanders and Ohuruogu to Final

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Athletics: British Duo Are on Medals Trail; Personal Bests See Sanders and Ohuruogu to Final

Article excerpt

Byline: By Andrew Mullen

GREAT Britain duo Nicola Sanders and Christine Ohuruogu powered into tomorrow's 400m final after convincingly posting lifetime bests at the World Championships in Osaka.

Sanders became only the fourth Briton to run a sub-50 time after winning her semi-final in 49.77 seconds and Ohuruogu continued her impressive comeback from a 12-month ban for missing three out-of-competition drug tests to post 50.16secs.

Commonwealth Games champion Phillips Idowu struggled to sixth place in the triple jump final after managing just 17.09 metres, while Andy Baddeley produced a storming final 100m to secure a place in tomorrow's 1,500m final after grabbing the last qualifying spot in his heat in three minutes 43.03secs.

European Indoor champion Sanders clocked the second fastest semi-final time behind Jamaica's Novlene Williams to smash her previous personal best of 50.68secs, while Ohuruogu looked a convincing winner of her semifinal.

Ohuruogu stormed back from her spell on the sidelines, posting 2007's fastest time by a Briton earlier this week, only to see it quickly broken by Sanders, who is hitting form at the ideal time after enduring an injury-plagued season.

And with defending champion Tonique Williams-Darling and world leader Sanya Richards absent from the Championships, Sanders and Ohuruogu are strong contenders to add to Great Britain's medal tally following Kelly Sotherton's heptathlon bronze on Sunday.

"I could not have asked for better. I had a pretty tough heat, there are two girls who have faster PBs than me so I was glad I was in lane seven so I could just get on with my own race and wait for them to come," said Sanders.

"I saw one and because I didn't know if there was another one there I just focused on the line and stayed relaxed and I'm in the final, so I can't ask for more, but it is not over yet.

"I am looking for a much better performances in the final. I was injured earlier on in the season and it wasn't going great, but I think that was a blessing in disguise and I'm just coming into some form so to run a PB and get into the final is fantastic. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.