Christine Ohuruogu

Christine Ohuruogu

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Christine Ijeoma Ohuruogu MBE (born 17 May 1984) is an English athlete, who specialises in the 400 metres; the event for which she is the current Olympic and former World and Commonwealth Champion. Her victory in the Beijing Games was the 50th gold medal for Great Britain in Athletics at the Olympics.

Ohuruogu's Personal Best of 49.61 ranks her third amongst British women 400 m runners, behind fellow Olympic medallists Kathy Cook and Katharine Merry.


Born to Igbo Nigerian parents in Newham, east London, she was raised less than one mile from the 2012 Summer Olympics stadium in Stratford. Ohuruogu studied at University College London, where she graduated in Linguistics in 2005. She also played netball during her undergraduate studies. Christine has 8 siblings, one of whom is Victoria Ohuruogu, a top sprints competitor in her age group. She also went to St. Edwards Church of England School, Romford, Essex and Trinity Catholic High School, Woodford Green, Essex.

Ohuruogu is a member of Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club.

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.

Athletics career

In 2003 Ohuruogu was a bronze medallist at 400 m at the European Junior Championships. She became...
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