Ohuruogu: I have nothing to prove
PUBLISHED: 11:32 19 May 2011
Olympic 400 metres champion Christine Ohuruogu continued her comeback from the quadriceps injury that wrecked her 2010 season by competing at the Great Manchester City Games on Sunday.
On a specially constructed track in Deansgate, the Newham & Essex Beagle ran in the 200m alongside World Champion Allyson Felix, but was only fourth in 24.48 seconds.
The 26-year-old, former Commonwealth and World Champion is slowly returning to full fitness ahead of the World Championships in August, but is adamant she has nothing to prove.
“I have an Olympic gold medal, what do I have to prove to anybody?” she said.
“I’ve done the work, I’ve won three consecutive gold medals in three years, so I don’t really need to prove anything to myself or anybody. This is just trying to get back to where I was and if I didn’t think I could, I would have just retired.”
Ohuruogu was joined in Manchester by three of her club-mates who all produced season’s best performances.
Rikki Fifton ran the 200m in 20.81, finishing fourth. Gianni Frankis was fourth in the 110m hurdles in 13.84, while Ryan Scott was fourth in the 100m, clocking 10.68.
In the Bupa Great Manchester 10k, Mark Warmby ran 29.52 for 21st, with the race won by the legendary Haile Gebrselassie in 28.10.
Elsewhere, club-mate Rabah Yousif Bkheit, representing Sudan in the 400m, was sixth at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Shanghai. It followed his splendid fifth-place finish over the same distance at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Daegu, Korea on the previous weekend.