False-starting Olympic champ Ohuruogu out of worlds

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu was disqualified from the women's 400m at the world championships on Saturday after a false start in qualification.

Under rules which state that athletes no longer have a second bite of the cherry in the event of one false start, the 27-year-old was despondent as she was led off the track.

The Londoner had been desperately struggling to refind the form that saw her win gold in Beijing in 2008 with an eye on the 2012 Olympics which will be held in her native east end.

Ohuruogu, who was banned for a year in 2006 for having missed three drugs tests, missed 10 weeks of training this season because of the quadriceps injury that ruled her out for much of last season.

She has not broken 50 seconds for the 400m since the Olympic final in 2008. And her best time this year of 51.49 seconds leaves her ranked only fourth in Britain, qualifying only because higher-ranked Shana Cox is not yet eligible to compete for Great Britain after moving from the United States.
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