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Christine Ohuruogu

Full name: Christine Ijeoma Chika Ohuruogu
Nickname(s): The Big O
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: May 17, 1984 in Newham, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Newham and Essex Beagles, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Christine Ohuruogu was born to Nigerian parents and raised just a kilometre away from the site of the 2012 Olympic stadium. She split her sporting priorities between netball, where she was a member of the England junior team, and athletics, until she won a bronze medal at the 2003 European Junior Championships and decided to concentrate fully on the track. This move proved extremely beneficial and she duly won a place on the Olympic team after running a personal best to the win the British trials. She narrowly missed qualifying for the final of the 400 at both the Athens Olympics and the 2005 World Championships but was rewarded with her first major medal, a bronze in the 4×400 relay, at the latter championships. Ohuruogu started 2006 in sensational fashion as she defeated reigning World and Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling for the Commonwealth Games gold medal but ended ignominiously as she began a twelve-month ban for missing three out-of-competition doping tests.

The ban ended in early August 2007 and she still had time to run a qualifying time for the 2007 World Championships. At those championships she impressively moved through the rounds and then produced a wholely unexpected performance to run past fading opponents and cross the line in first place, having broken 50 seconds for the first time ever. Though the field for the final of the Beijing Olympic 400 was stronger than the year before, the race developed as a carbon copy of the 2007 world final as once more Ohurougu kept her form as others faltered and powered home to become her nation's first Olympic champion in the event. Since Beijing her form has dipped and, although she was a finalist at the 2009 World Championships, her momentum has been checked by a series of niggling injuries. She made the British team for the 2011 Worlds but, in a rare occurrence for a 400 metre runner, was disqualified for a false start.

Personal Best: 400 – 49.61 (2007).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Women's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 4 h1 r2/3
2004 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 4
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Athletics Women's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 5
2012 Summer 28 London Athletics Women's 400 metres Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2012 Summer 28 London Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 5

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
2004 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 4 51.00 0.236 1
2004 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Six 3 QU 50.50 0.298 7
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Final 1 49.62 0.237 4
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 50.14 0.233 4
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Four 1 QU 51.00 0.271 2
2012 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Final 2 49.70 0.174
2012 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 2 Q 50.22 0.222
2012 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat One 2 Q 50.80 0.282

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT ST ET ER
2004 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 4 3:25.12 50.53
2004 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 4 QC 3:26.99 52.29 0.387
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 5 51.27
2008 Summer 24 Beijing Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 3 QU 52.94
2012 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 5 50.65 3:24.76 5
2012 Summer 28 London Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 3 50.61 3:25.05 3
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