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Olympic Diaries: Christine Ohuruogu

Christine Ohuruogu
Christine Ohuruogu

The Olympic Games get going later this year in Beijing, China.

Team GB is sending a strong team, hoping to win more medals than four years ago when the Games were held in Athens, Greece.

As the opening ceremony gets closer, Sportsround is finding out about the Games from five people taking part in the event.



I just keep grinning.

I didn't see Sanya Richards as the favourite like everyone else. When I step on the track as far as I'm concerned, I'm the favourite.

The 400m race is not about who is the the strongest or who is the fastest. It's always about the person who can hold it together when it most matters.

I think my strength in the 400m is that I can work under pressure. I think I enjoy being under pressure.

I'm so happy that I can bring a medal home for athletics.


I'm flying to Great Britain's holding camp in Macau - this is where I'll be based until the Games start. Many Team GB athletes are going there so we can adjust to the climate in China.

Christine Ohuruogu
Off to Beijing
I'll be there for 13 days, training everyday. I'm definitely happy with how my preparation's going.

I've also been doing lots of interviews for TV and newspapers, so it's hard to fit everything in! It's certainly a hectic time for me.

I'm feeling really positive now ahead of the Olympics and I'll be doing my very best to bring back gold.


I'm training six days-a-week at the moment. The bulk of my Beijing preparation comes from training and not necessarily taking part in races.

I really believe once you train well, you can race well too. I'm just solely focusing on the day to day at the moment.

Christine Ohurogu
Christine Ohurogu

I know it sounds simple, but it's very easy to lose your focus and get injured in this sport.

You learn to be very strong and to rely on yourself and to take responsibility for yourself and your actions.

But it's good to have support and I have lots of people around me to give me encouragement when I need it.

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