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Christine Ohuruogu to benefit from her injury lay-off

Christine Ohuruogu
Ohuruogu (centre) recorded a season's best 50.88 in Doha in May

Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu says she will benefit from her injury-hit season in the long-term.

The London athlete injured her quad in July and missed the 2010 European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

"I'd really been pushing myself for five or six years, but I think it was nice to give myself a mental break," she told BBC London 94.9.

The 26-year old added that she wants to build herself up in time for the 2011 World Championships in South Korea.

Ohuruogu had hoped to defend her Commonwealth Games title in Delhi, but she was forced to withdraw from the event.

Once I get back running, I'll be back running and that's it

Christine Ohuruogo

And although she has admitted that 2010 has been frustrating, she conceded that her injury has made her realise that rest is important.

"Rest is a taboo word in my book, so it was nice to be forced to say 'you know, you can't run, get over it, relax and enjoy your time off'," she commented.

"If I hadn't been injured I would have just kept on pushing and pushing and pushing, because that's the kind of person I am."

Ohuruogu, who won the 400m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in 49.62 seconds, has stated that she will not rush back from her injury as she has set her sights on running at London 2012.

"It's not bad, but there's no rush now, it's just a matter of taking our time and going back to the start," she continued.

"It does kind of change your focus but you don't really think of it too much, once I get back running, I'll be back running and that's it."