Meet Christine Ohuruogu, a British runner who is the current Commonwealth, World and Olympic champion in the 400m event. She brought in Britain’s fiftieth athletics gold medal in Beijing. See photos, video and a biography of Christine Ohuruoguhe here.
Christine was given the honor to raise the Olympics flag on Friday marking the start of the countdown to the 2012 Summer Games in London.
As a biography, Christine Ohuruoguhe was born on May 17, 1984 in Newham, East London to Nigerian parents, so her age is 24. She learned Linguistics from the University College, London and is a member of the Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club.
Cristine’s journey into athletics started by winning bronze in the European Junior Championships in 2003. She was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Olympics in the 400m event and finished fourth in the Team event. Her other achievements include being a semi-finalist in the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, winning the gold in 2006 Commonwealth Games and winning all the three races in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.
Ohuruoguhe had a really tough time during the 2006 European Athletics Championships when she was charged with a one-year ban due to her missing almost three doping tests. Though she was not accused of doping but many people didn’t want her to compete for Britain in the Olympics.
When asked how she felt about those who believed she should not be wearing a British vest, let alone a gold medal around her neck. “They can think what they like,” she said, “I’m happy.”
She won the only track and field gold for Britain in the 2008 Games.
More photos and a video of Christine Ohuruoguhe are below.