Christine Ohuruogu ran a hugely a gutsy season's best but failed to reclaim the Olympic crown she so impressively captured in Beijing, finishing second to America's Sanya Richards-Ross in the 400m final on Sunday.

Ohuruogu flew down the final 100m to claim the silver, having looked out of the race after the first 300m, clocking a time of 49.70 seconds.

Richards-Ross clocked a time of 49.44 seconds.

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The 28-year-old got a huge ovation from the crowd

Despite finishing second, the crowd gave the 28-year-old a huge ovation as she left the track.

Running at the 2012 Olympics will be particularly sweet for the East London-born star, who grew up less than three miles from the Olympic stadium in the suburb of Newham.

Like Mo Farah, Satuday’s British hero in the 10,000m, Ohuruogu is an alumnus of the Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club.

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Ohuruogu (second left) claims silver behind USA's Sanya Richards-Ross (second right)


The Brit secured her place in Sunday’s showpiece final with a run of ominous quality on Saturday, qualifying with a season’s best time of 50.22 seconds.

Although Ohuruogu was beaten in the race by the eventual Olympic winner, Richards-Ross in the semi-final, the Brit looked comfortable on the home-straight, doing only what was necessary to book her place in Sunday’s denouement.

It was the Jamaican-born American who Ohuruogu beat to the line in China to secure her previous gold.

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Ohuruogu sprinted to second in the Olympic 400m final

In London, the placings were reversed, leaving Ohuruogu to content herself with the silver in front of her hometown crowd.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Ben Ainsle secured his fourth Olympic gold, winning the Finn class in the sailing, while Andy Murray gained revenge for his Wimbledon defeat, beating Roger Federer in the final of the tennis.

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  • Britain's Andy Murray returns a shot to Switzerland's Roger Federer during the men's singles gold medal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball to Great Britain's Andy Murray during the men's singles gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Ben Ainslie of Great Britain celebrates overall victory after competing in the Men's Star Sailing Medal Race on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth & Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour on August 5, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Getty Images)

  • Great Britain's Ben Ainslie lights flares as he celebrates winning the Gold Medal after the Men's Finn Medal Race in Weymouth. (Photo credit: PA)

  • Competitors run in front of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster during the women's marathon at the London 2012 Olympic Games, on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Britain's Victoria Pendleton sets a new Olympic record as she competes in the women's cycling sprint qualifying in the velodrome at The Olympic Park at The 2012 Olympic Games in London on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Song-Yi Han #12 of Korea reacts to a lost point in the first set against China during Women's Volleyball on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Brazil's leftwing Fernanda Silva Rocha reacts after a goal during the women's preliminary Group A handball match Brazil vs Angola for the London 2012 Olympics Games on August 5, 2012 at the Copper Box hall in London. Brazil won 29-26. (Photo credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The lead runners in the Women's Marathon pass Parliament on their penultimate circuit on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Jianfei Ma of China competes against Yuki Ota of Japan during the Men's Foil Team Fencing quarterfinal on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

  • US Venus Williams serves as she plays along sister Serena Williams against Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka during the women's doubles gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Young Rae Choi of Korea competes in the Men's 50m Pistol Shooting final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Game at the Royal Artillery Barracks on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

  • A spectator uses an umbrella to shield himself from the downpour during the men's field hockey preliminary round match between South Africa and Pakistan at The Riverbank Arena in London on August 5, 2012, during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo credit: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Italy's Andrea Baldini celebrates scoring the winning point against Britain's Richard Kruse to qualify his team during the men's foil team quarterfinals as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games, on August 5, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London. (Photo credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US fencer Alexander Massialas celebrates scoring the winning point against France's Erwan le Pechoux to qualify his team during the men's foil team quarterfinals as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games, on August 5, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London. (Photo credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova (L) and Lucie Hradecka plan their next move during the women's doubles gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games against US Venus Williams and Serena Williams, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Competitors run up The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace during the women's marathon at the London 2012 Olympic Games, on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: PAUL HACKETT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite is pictured with a helmet bearing a panther design before the women's sprint qualifying track cycling event in the velodrome at The Olympic Park at The 2012 Olympic Games in London on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Ukraine's Lyubov Sulika wears a gold necklace in the shape of the Olympic rings before the women's sprint qualifying track cycling event at the velodrome venue in the Olympic Park, during the London 2012 Olympic games in London on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Competitors take part in the Women's Marathon in the rain on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games near St Paul's Cathedral on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • Spectators wait in the rain for the Women's Marathon to pass by on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games near St Paul's Cathedral on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

  • South Korea's Lee Yong Dae (L) and Chung Jae Sung (R) hug their coach after beating Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia during the bronze medal men's doubles badminton match at The London 2012 Olympic Games in London on August 5, 2012. South Korea won the match 23-12, 21-10. (Photo credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • French guard Florence Lepron (R) vies with Russian centre Natalya Vieru during the women's preliminary round group B basketball match France vs Russia of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 at the basketball arena in London. France won 65 to 54. (Photo credit: SERGIO PEREZ/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Competitors take part in the Women's Marathon in the rain on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games near Parliament on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Brazil's leftwing Fernanda Silva Rocha jumps to shoot during the women's preliminary Group A handball match Brazil vs Angola for the London 2012 Olympics Games on August 5, 2012 at the Copper Box hall in London. (Photo credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Team Japan celebrates defeating Team China during the men's foil team quarterfinals as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games, on August 5, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London. (Photo credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • South Korea's Lee Yong Dae (L) and Chung Jae Sung (2L) celebrate their victory over Koo Kien Keat (R) and Tan Boon Heong (2R) of Malaysia during the bronze medal men's doubles badminton match at The London 2012 Olympic Games in London on August 5, 2012. South Korea won the match 23-12, 21-10. (Photo credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Russia's Vladimir Isakov (L) and German's Florian Schmidt compete in the men's 50m pistol qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks in London on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • French centre Isabelle Yacoubou (R) and French guard Florence Lepron vie with opponents during the women's preliminary round group B basketball match France vs Russia of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 at the basketball arena in London. France won 65 to 54. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • South Korea's Lee Yong Dae and Chung Jae Sung (foreground) celebrate their victory over Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia during the bronze medal men's doubles badminton match at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London on August 5, 2012. South Korean won the match 23-12, 21-10. (Photo credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Russia's Renal Ganeev (L) reacts wwith Germany's Benjamin Kleibrink during the men's foil team quarterfinals as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games, on August 5, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London. (Photo credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Victoria Pendleton of Great Britain competes during the Women's Sprint Track Cycling Qualifying on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Velodrome on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

  • German's Florian Schmidt competes in the men's 50m pistol qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks in London on August 5, 2012. (Photo credit: MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Florian Schmidt of Germany competes in the Men's 50m Pistol Shooting on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Game at the Royal Artillery Barracks on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo credit: Lars Baron/Getty Images)