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Ohuruogu’s delight at relay medal

England's Anyika Onuora, Kelly Massey, Shana Cox and Christine Ohuruogu show  their bronze medals for the women's 4x400m relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Pic: John Giles/PA) England's Anyika Onuora, Kelly Massey, Shana Cox and Christine Ohuruogu show their bronze medals for the women's 4x400m relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (Pic: John Giles/PA)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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Ohuruogu’s delight at relay medal

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Newham and Essex Beagles star Christine Ohuruogu believes her bronze medal in the 4x400m relay final at the Commonwealth Games was down to the team focusing on their own performance – and not being distracted by the dominant Jamaicans.

The Jamaican trio of Stephanie McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day secured all three positions on the podium in the individual event earlier in the day, before claiming relay gold in a Games record of three minutes 23.82 seconds.

The England quartet took third place in 3.27.24 and Ohuruogu was delighted to add a Commonwealth bronze to her fine career haul of two 400m world titles, Olympic gold from Beijing 2008 and silver from London 2012.

“It was good, it was a lot of fun,” said Newham-born Ohuruogu.

“We knew it was going to be tough – Jamaica one-two-three in the final – that always makes us a little bit anxious, but it doesn’t matter, we always turn up with the right attitude, the right approach to work.

“As long as we know we’ve done our best we can go home happy. We expected to run with the Jamaicans – that’s how it is.

“We won a bronze medal last year at the World Championships, so we know we can do it.

“It’s just being in the mix and just as much as we’re concerned about them, they’re concerned about us and that’s a good thing. They were running scared as well, so we’re not scared of them.”

Ohoruogu’s Beagles clubmate Asha Philip, meanwhile, is confident her 4x100m relay success can be just the beginning of a medal haul for a young England relay team after claiming bronze at Hampden Park on Saturday.

The quartet included University of East London student Bianca Williams, Jodie Williams, Ashleigh Nelson and Philip and finished behind Nigeria and champions Jamaica in 43.10 seconds.

Former World Junior champion Philip, 23, is now relishing the prospect of competing in future events with her team-mates and said: “We see these guys almost every day at training, so we’ve always wanted to run a relay together, so this is the chance that we got.

“It wasn’t that great of a time, but the fact that we had this experience, our ages are almost similar – we’ve never been to a championship together, so it felt good.

“We’re a young team, we’re up and coming and hopefully we can progress.”

The podium place completed an impressive Games for Philip, who had set a personal best of 11.19 in the 100m final, but narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing fourth.

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