UKA Aviva Profile: Christine Ohuruogu

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Posted: 23 June 2010

Photo by Mark Shearman

Christine Ohuruogu, 400m runner

Age: 26

Place of birth: Stratford, London


Titles:

Olympic 400m champion (2008)

400m World Champion (2007)

Commonwealth 400m champion (2006)


Personal bests:

400m: 49.61 secs

60 metres 7.54 secs

100 metres 11.35 secs

200 metres 22.85 secs


Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu will go head-to-head with reigning World champion and long-time rival Sanya Richards-Ross for the first time this year at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead on July 10.

The one-lap showdown at at the Gateshead International Stadium has a stellar line up featuring five world medallists. For Ohuruogu, Nicola Sanders and Novlene Williams-Mills, it will be a re-run of the 2007 World Championship final in Osaka - and with Beijing silver medallist Shericka Williams in the mix, the field includes all three Beijing Olympic medalists.

It has been a long road for Ohuruogu, born and raised less than a mile from the 2012 Summer Olympics stadium in Stratford. Her major championship results are even more remarkable given the controversy and injuries that have dogged her career - she was crowned 400m World Championin 2007 just 24 days after her year-long competition suspension ended. She tasted defeat at the hands of Sanya Richards-Ross during a 2009 season blighted by injury, but Ohuruogu will hope that success in Gateshead will give her a psychological advantage over her one-lap nemesis in the countdown to London 2012.

Ohuruogu said:  "I always enjoy competing at the Aviva British Grand Prix and I've won on my two previous visits to Gateshead. It's fantastic that Britain's first Diamond League event is coming to the North East - people are so passionate about their sport here and it's a joy to compete in front of such an enthusiastic and energetic crowd.

"It's so important for my preparation that I have the chance to compete against the world's best athletes, and Aviva events allow me to do that right here in my backyard."

Also lining up for the 400m in Gateshead will be fellow Commonwealth medallist Nicola Sanders. Sanders said: "I'm really looking forward to running with Christine and the other 400m girls again. It's great when we're all out on the track pushing each other on

"I've had a tough couple of years due to injury but it was great to be back in action in the Aviva GB and NI Team for the European Team Championships this weekend and I'm really looking forward to a solid outdoor season which I hope in turn will lead to challenging for major honours."

Richards-Ross, one of 14 Diamond League ambassadors, will arrive in Gateshead for the first of the UK's two IAAF Diamond League events before returning to compete at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace a month later.


Britain's Got Talent dance troupe Diversity will be the curtain-raiser for the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead. Set to be an exciting showdown of world-class athletics, the event will welcome star names including American sprinter Tyson Gay, who will be going head to head with Asafa Powell, Britain's World Champion Jessica Ennis, and British 10,000m record holder and European medallist, Mo Farah.

Tickets for the Aviva British Grand Prix at the Gateshead International Stadium on July 10 are available by phone on 08000 556 056 or online at www.uka.org.uk. Ticket prices range from just £3-£10.

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