Q&A with Christine Ohuruogu

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What was your first Olympic Games memory?

Cathy Freeman winning the 400m in Sydney.

What has been the best athlete performance ever in an Olympic Games?

It is hard to beat Usain Bolt’s three gold medals and three world records in Beijing.

What has been the best ever Olympic Games and why?

Beijing was amazing – the stadium, the organisation, the crowds… and I won.

How did you find out London were to host the 2012 Olympics and where were you at the time?

I was at home watching it all unfold on TV.

What are your hopes for London 2012?

I hope to do my best to defend my 400m title.

Favourite athletics venue?

Melbourne – I won my first major title there in 2006.

Do you have any pre-competition superstitions?

No, I am not superstitious.

Best friend in athletics?

Anyika Onuoru.

Pre-competition meal?

I usually just eat whatever is provided at the meet hotel.

Sporting hero?

I don’t really have one.

What other sports do you like?

I like all sports.

If you were not an athlete what would you like to be?

A teacher or something to do with kids or education.

Favourite film?


Favourite TV programme?

Desperate Housewives.

Favourite music/group?

I like a wide range of music.

Favourite food?

 My mum’s pepper soup.

Food dislike?

Liver, kidneys… things like that!

Favourite subject at school?


If you could take 3 people out for dinner who would they be?

My brothers and sister – they would have me in stitches all night.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 items would you take with you?

Pen and paper to record my thoughts and lip balm.

Dream date?

A romantic dinner.

Do you have any pets?

No, I am abroad a lot but will get one in the future.

Interesting unknown fact about yourself?

I can click my own back.

Do you have a lucky charm?

No, just my smile.

What is in your track bag when you go out onto the track?

My spikes, water bottle and a rain jacket.


Q&A provided by UK Athletics


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First published on: 5 August, 2012 12:00 am

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