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Christine Ohuruogu admits she would have had no cause for complaint had she been pipped to World Championship gold by Amantle Montsho.
Ohuruogu claimed her second world title in Moscow in August in a dramatic photo-finish to the 400m final after reeling in the Botswana athlete and catching her on the line.
However, the Newham & Essex Beagle would have accepted silver at the Luzhniki Stadium if the best she had to offer had not proved enough.
She said: “When you look at the depth of the 400m, you have some girls that are very good here and there, but she is good all the time.
“She can knock out a 49 [-second 400m] in May and in September - or October if you gave her the chance. It’s that kind of consistency that makes you really admire her as an athlete.
“I must admit that if I’d come second to her, it wouldn’t have been so bad. Obviously I wanted to win, but looking at how she runs and where she’s come from...
“She raced with me [in Beijing] in 2008 and came last, and to see how far she has come in such a short space of time...
“Even if I had to come second to her - nobody wants that, but I knew when I was running I’d done everything I could to give her a good challenge.
“Yes, I wanted my name to come up first, but if it had come up second, she is a worthy athlete to come second to.”
Ohuruogu’s ability to chase down frontrunners has become her trademark, but she would rather not have to do it that way.
She said: “I suppose you have to accept the athlete that you are and I think I do like to be behind, but I want to try something else.
“But I was very aware that to win or even come close to the [British] record, I’d have to be with the world leaders.
“She [Montsho] was the one. No disrespect to the other girls - they are good - but she is the hands-down favourite and I had to be close to her.”
However, while her exploits made for gripping viewing, Ohuruogu, who will run the 150m at the Great North CityGames in Gateshead on Saturday before joining England cricketer Graeme Swann to start the Great North Run the following day, has no intention of allowing herself to become television gold just yet.
She said: “That’s nice, but I’m kind of done with that. I think with me, I tend to stay in a bubble and I think it’s best for me to stay there and not come out and see all the hoo-hah.
“I can’t work in those conditions because I wouldn’t do any work at all.”