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Crowd helps Pompey to 400m victory

28 July 2002

Sprinter Aliann Pompey of Guyana benefited from a crackling atmosphere as she clinched gold in the women's 400m final.

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Pompey roared to victory at Manchester

Aliann Pompey of Guyana (51.63) fended off the crowd's favourite, Scotland’s Lee McConnell (51.68) and Sandie Richards of Jamaica (51.79) in a very tight 400m final.

A thrilled Pompey said: “That was hard. I didn’t know what to expect. I was praying all night, praying to God that he would give me something to work with.”

“I felt the race was wide open and anything could happen. I thought it was possible to win, but you don’t really know for sure.”

“For the last 20 metres my eyes were kind of closed. I couldn’t see anything. I was going by the crowd’s reaction,” she added.

Silver medallist McConnell said: “It was hard to go through four rounds. I think it was down to who had the most strength."

"I’m really pleased. It’s better than I thought I would do. I can’t complain,” she added happily.

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