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CHRISTINE OHURUOGU MBE

BRITISH TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE

Christine participated in athletics from the age of 16 specialising in the 400m and with impressive times she was regularly selected to run.

Christine’s professional athletics career began to take shape in 2003 when she won a bronze medal at 400m at the European Junior Championships. The following years she became the AAA’s champion, which led onto a semi-final place in the 400m at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, and a spot on the 400m team GB relay team, who finished fourth. In 2005 she reached the semi-final in the 400m at the Athletics World Championships in Helsinki, as well as winning a bronze medal in the women’s 4 x 400m relay.In 2006 Christine scored a personal best to win a gold medal for England in the 400m at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and the following year she won a gold medal at the 2007 IAAF World T&F Championships in Osaka.

In 2008 Christine travelled with Team GB to the Beijing Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the 400m, making her the first British female Olympic Champion in the 400m. Christine’s good performances continued at her home Olympic Games in London she won the silver medal in the 400m in 49.70 secs, only 0.15 off the gold. In 2013 she reclaimed her IAAF World Championships 400m title in Moscow and helped GBR to 4x400m bronze. Her winning time of 49.41 secs was a new British Record. Christine added more medals in 2014 with Commonwealth Games and IAAF World Indoor Championships 4x400m bronze medals. In 2015 in Beijing she took her sixth World Championships medal with bronze in the 4x400m.