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Athletics: Christine on a go slow in Zurich.

Byline: By David Martin

THE legs of world champion Christine Ohuruogu turned to lead as she finished only fourth in tonight's IAAF Golden League 400 metres in Zurich as Sanya Richards romped to victory.

The 23-year-old Londoner was a shadow of the figure who performed so magnificently in Osaka, where she won the 400m and finished third in the 4x400m relay.

Ohuruogu had no answer to the class of Richards, who would have been favourite for the one lap gold medal had she not blown her chances when fourth in the USA trials.

For Richards, who had to console herself with a 4x400m relay gold in Japan, this was the first opportunity to prove she would have been a worthy champion.

The Jamaican-born 22-year-old produced an impressive display right from the start in the rebuilt Letzigrund stadium.

Her speedy start and strength in the closing stages saw her roar to a victory by 15 metres from world bronze medallist Novlene Williams and Amy Mbacke Thiam.

"It was my world championships today," said Richards, who remains in contention to win or share the pounds 500,000 jackpot with a fourth golden league success.

Richards lowered her three-month-old world leader by 0.16 seconds with a time of 49.36sec, with her Jamaican and Senegal rivals recording 50.85 and 50.95sec respectively.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 8, 2007
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