By Tony Ubani in London
British Nigerian-born runner, Christine Ohuruogu felt disappointed that she succumbed to her rival Sanya Richards-Ross in the women 400m final on Sunday night.
Ohurougo shocked Richards-Ross at Beijing 2008 to win the gold and she was a 50m away from achieving the same at London 2012, but the American was not be taken again.
“It was heartbreaking,” said Ohuruogu. “To lose my title like that was tough.
“Sanya’s a worthy competitor and she ran a good race. I have to be happy with what I’ve got. It could have been worse.
“I tightened up. I could feel my shoulders lifting, it’s really hard to control when you’re under fatigue.
“I thought I still had some time but the line came too soon.
“I came here with one thing and one thing only (in mind) and that was to continue my reign as Olympic champion. I’m just a bit disappointed.”
Richards-Ross won with a time of 49.55 seconds as Ohuruogu came in at 49.70 and Deedee Trotter 49.72.
“To come here and be successful is my ultimate dream come true,” Richards-Ross said. “It is a huge weight off my shoulders.”
The win brings a measure of redemption for the oft-injured three-time Olympian, who self-destructed in the 400 meters in Beijing and finished third after soaring expectations of gold. The victory also gives
Richards-Ross her fourth career Olympic medal, including golds in 4×400 relays in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 and her 400-meter individual bronze in Beijing.