Christine fires World warning

NEWHAM & ESSEX BEAGLES Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu was a comfortable winner at the Aviva World Trials and UK Championships at Birmingham last weekend, WRITES MATT DINER. The 400m star was the big victor for the Newham club, winning the final in 51

NEWHAM & ESSEX BEAGLES Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu was a comfortable winner at the Aviva World Trials and UK Championships at Birmingham last weekend, WRITES MATT DINER.

The 400m star was the big victor for the Newham club, winning the final in 51.26 seconds ahead of Perri Shakes Drayton of Victoria Park, who ran a PB for 51.81.

"It's great to win, but I knew it was about trying to get a good time down," she said.

"It's not bad, but it's not great, it's not quite what I would have wanted to have run, but a win is a win.


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"It's always nice to come to a home ground and it is nice to come here to give the fans something to shout about," smiled the Stratford Express, who is always keen to race in her home country.

"Obviously, as a team we did very well in Beijing. It is nice to show our appreciation for people who don't always get to see us when we are away.

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"It's good to hear the support and cheering you, makes you feel very good."

Sanya Richards ran below 50 seconds the night before, but Ohuruogu prefers to concentrate on her own performance and impr-oving her own times.

"I would hope there is more to come, I'm pretty fortunate to have been injury free," she said.

"I hope there's faster times there. I'm working hard and I'm confident I can run faster than what I did today.

"The best way for me is not drag myself with times, I can only go home and train well. I'll keep trying."

This year's World Championships, which are being held in Berlin, take place between August 15 and 21.

Ohuruogu is the current world champion having won the 400m in Osaka in 2007.

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