Christine Ohuruogu MBE

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Christine is one of Britain’s greatest middle-distance runners, specialising in the 400 metres; the event for which she is the former Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion. Her victory in the Beijing Games was the 50th gold medal for Great Britain in Athletics at Olympic Games. She also won the 400 metres at the 2007 World Championships and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. Her personal best time of 49.61 seconds ranks her third amongst British women 400 m runners, behind Kathy Cook and Katharine Merry.

Born to Igbo Nigerian parents in Newham, east London, she was raised less than one mile from the 2012 Summer Olympics stadium in Stratford. Ohuruogu studied at University College London, where she graduated in Linguistics in 2005. She is also a member of Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club.

In 2003 Ohuruogu was a bronze medallist at 400 m at the European Junior Championships. She became the AAA champion in the 400 m in 2004, was a semi-finalist in the 400 m at the Athens Olympics of 2004, also taking part in the 4 x 400 m relay team that finished 4th. In the 2005 European Under 23 Championships she took the silver medal, losing individual gold by a hundredth of a second. She also won silver in the 4 x 400 m relay.

After reaching the semi-final at the 400 m at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics she won a bronze medal in the women’s 4 x 400 m relay together with Lee McConnell, Donna Fraser and Nicola Sanders.

Ohuruogu won a gold medal for England in the 400 m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in a personal best time of 50.28 seconds, beating favourite Tonique Williams-Darling in both the semi-final and the final.

Within 24 days of the end of her year-long competition suspension she returned to win the gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. Fellow British athlete, Nicola Sanders won silver with Novlene Williams of Jamaica third. Ohuruogu won all three of her individual races at the world championships – her heat, her semi-final and the final.

Olympic Success

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Christine won Britain’s only gold medal in the track and field events and Ohuruogu was the first British female Olympic champion of the 400 m.

Ohuruogo won the silver medal at 400m in the 2012 London Olympics. Sanya Richards-Ross of the USA won gold in 49.55s.

Christine is also the author of the “Camp Gold” series of children’s books about an elite training school for budding athletes.

As one of Britain’s greatest athletes, Christine is in much-demand for her endorsement potential.

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