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Congratulations Christine

6 August 2012

Christine Ohuruogu (UCL Linguistics 2005) has won a silver medal at the London Olympics in the Women’s 400m.

Christine Ohuruogu Beijing Olympics

Ohurougo was born and raised in Stratford less than a mile from the Olympic stadium. She  told the Telegraph: “It was tough, but Sanya is a worthy competitor and she ran a good race. It could have been worse.

“I could feel my shoulders lifting. It’s really hard to control when you are under fatigue. I thought that I had some time but then, no, it was gone. I came here with one thing and one thing only in mind and that was to continue my reign as Olympic champion.”

During her time at UCL, Christine was awarded a UCLU Honours Cap, which is presented to students who represent the country internationally in sport.

Since completing her degree at UCL, Christine has gone on to win Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a first for female 400m British athletes.  This was also the first and only track and field Olympic gold awarded to Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games.

In 2009, she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Image: Christine Ohuruogu after her victory in the 400 metres in 2008. Image by Jmex60

Related links:

Coverage in The Independent
Christine Ohurougo official website
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