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Newham Beagles’ Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah miss out on Sports Personality of the Year gong

Christine Ohuruogu with her Moscow gold. Dave Thompson/PA Christine Ohuruogu with her Moscow gold. Dave Thompson/PA

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
5:30 PM

Newham and Essex Beagles’ Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah missed out on a place on the podium at the Sports Personality of the Year awards.

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Mo Farah with his 5,000m gold medal in Moscow. Dave Thompson/PAMo Farah with his 5,000m gold medal in Moscow. Dave Thompson/PA

Tennis star Andy Murray was the comprehensive winner of the trophy on Sunday night, becoming the first person to receive more than half the votes, as he was honoured for being the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years.

Rugby player Leigh Halfpenny came second for his part in the British and Irish Lions winning tour in Australia while jockey Tony McCoy came third.

Stratford’s Ohuruogu, who won 400m gold in the World Athletic Championships – breaking the British record in the process – came eighth in the voting.

Speaking at the ceremony, the 29-year-old admitted the dip on the line was the difference which helped her pip Botswana’s Amantle Montsho to the post.

“The race is never over until you cross the line,” said Ohuruogu.

“The record is the one thing I did need. I don’t know how I make it so close every time,” she added of her trademark late bursts down the home straight.

Ohuruogu is the only British female athlete to win two world titles.

She said: “I knew in the final it would be between me and her (Montsho).

“The championships are where it’s at. My coach and I like winning them and the 400m is a beautiful event when you get into your stride.”

The sprinter also talked about her ambition to visit every school in Newham, something which makes her feel very ‘humble.’

Ohuruogu said: “It’s going really well so far. I’ve visited over 30 schools and I know there are a lot to go but I really love doing it.

“The kids are just so happy that I come in and invest some time in them.

“That makes me feel really humble.”

Farah came fourth despite winning the 10,000m and 5,000m double at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow.

It was the second year in a row the Somalia-born long distance runner has come fourth.

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