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The American gold surge on home soil continued on Friday July 22.....

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as Michael Norman finally delivered on the big stage...

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with a commanding effort to take gold against a packed ...

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field in the 400m final at the World Championships.....

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Norman entered the race as the fastest man in the world this year.....

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which put him under tremendous pressure. Despite this....

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he maintained his form in a sprint to the finish line to win in 44.29 seconds.....

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Norman has had a string of failures in previous seasons......

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by taking first place in the 400-meter world championship in Eugene on Friday.....