Ohuruogu supports SportsAid Week
PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 September 2017
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For elite sportspeople, being on the sidelines can be an impossible challenge, but Christine Ohuruogu almost seemed relieved to stay behind the scenes at the World Championships.
The four-time Olympic medalist supported the 4x400m relay team of Zoey Clark, Laviai Nielsen, Eilidh Doyle and Emily Diamond as they took silver in the London Stadium.
It was a return to where Ohuruogu, 33, won 2012 Olympic silver, but she was glad to be out of the limelight.
There is much speculation as to whether the two-time world champion will retire soon and it seems as though she is in no hurry to return.
She said: “I was more there to be a support at the World Championships because it was a very pressured time. We came in off the back of being Rio bronze medallists and I think the girls were feeling it a little bit, so I was just there to calm any fears and be a familiar face, help them through warm-ups.
“I thought I would’ve felt a bit of nostalgia, but I was actually quite happy to see them off. It’s the first time in ages that I’ve not run a relay, but I’m able to look back and have some really great experiences myself.
“It was a good race to watch, we were all screaming and I’m so proud, they deserved it. I was able to walk away for the first time ever and say, ‘Chris, you’ve done a good job, chill. It’s okay, you don’t need to keep pushing.”
Rumours of Ohuruogu’s retirement are compounded by the fact she has just started a two-year law degree at Queen Mary’s University.
The former Great Britain team captain refused to give anything away, but suggested studies could replace the buzz of competition, adding: “When I left the girls in London, I was happy to walk away, I was ready to go. The degree is going to be hard graft, but it’s more about seeing what I can get done with the time I have.
“I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to have done in my sport, so I wanted to amp the challenge level up a bit.”
You can help support the next generation of British athletes in SportsAid Week (September 25-October 1). Visit sportsaid.org.uk/mymiles for information on the #MyMiles challenge.