Team GB’s reigning Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu has progressed to tomorrow’s semi-final after a great start in the heats earlier today put her on target to defend her crown.
Beijing gold medallist and 2007 world champion Ohuruogu eased through her heat and was just pipped on the line by American Francena McCorony, finishing in 50.80.
All three Brits, Ohuruogu, Shana Cox and Lee McConnell, made it through the qualifying rounds, and will run in the semi-final.
Cox came third in heat two with a time of 52.02 behind world champion Amantle Montsho and Jamaican Christine Day, while McConnell also finished third in her heat in 52.23.
The British support at the Olympic Stadium is evident and Cox said the encouragement has been a great motivation.
“The experience is great,” she said. “The crowd is great. It’s an amazing support we have. It gives you motivation to go and get ahead.”
McConnell added: “I felt good. It was a great reception and great support. Hopefully I’ll go faster next time.
“The atmosphere has helped the British athletes perform today, thanks to the crowd.”
After seven heats Ohuruogu finished fourth fastest qualifier, with 2011 world champion Amantle Montsho setting out a clear marker to her opponents in a time of 50.40.
The Women’s Sports Magazine