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Osaka 2007 - HIGHLIGHTS, Day 5
« on: August 29, 2007, 06:18:06 PM »
Osaka, Japan - The British were expecting their worst ever showing at these IAAF World Championships, then two women, Christine Ohurogu and Nicola Sanders who have had hardly a handful of races this summer between then, win gold and silver in the 400 metres, just one of the highlights of a brilliant fifth day of action at Nagai stadium.

Ohuruogu came back just two weeks ago after a year-long suspension, guesting in the Scottish Championships. Sanders was injured after winning the European indoor title. Novlene Williams of Jamaica laid it on the line, blasting out to a huge lead coming into the finishing straight. But first Sanders, then Ohuruogu crept past just before the line. Both Brits set personal bests, Ohuruogu, who lives within sight of where the 2012 London Olympic stadium will be, won in 49.61, and Sanders was second in 49.65, edging Williams who took bronze in 49.66.

Bernard Lagat has finally emerged from the shadow of Hicham El Guerrouj, four-time World champion, now retired. Lagat, who won silver and Olympic bronze for Kenya has since become a US citizen, and using that vast experience to situate himself perfectly through a competitive race, he shot out of the pack in the final 50 metres to take victory in 3:34.77. Defending champion, Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain, who has been injured this season couldnít hold Lagat, and he took silver in 3.35.00, a seasonís best. Shedreck Korir of Kenya, just stayed ahead of his talented young compatriot, Asbel Kiprop, to win bronze in 3:35.04.

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