Ohuruogu targets Team Champs

London 2012 silver medallist keen to be a part of the European Athletics Team Championships when the event returns to Gateshead in June

Christine Ohuruogu Gateshead 2013

Christine Ohuruogu has revealed how she’ll have her ”A’ game’ in tow should she form part of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s team for the European Athletics Team Championships in June.

The 2008 Olympic 400m champion followed up her best-ever season-opener in Kingston earlier this month with third place at Friday’s IAAF Diamond League meet in Doha and will be hoping for the chance to demonstrate more of the same by securing her selection for Gateshead on June 22-23.

“Although this is essentially a team competition, it’s no different from any other once you’re out there on the track,” commented Ohuruogu. “You have to bring your ‘A’ game to succeed as there are plenty of girls wanting to win.

“I’m looking forward to the event and the whole season and trying compete even better than last year.”

Almost 20,000 tickets have been sold so far, with less than 2,000 tickets remaining for each day of the event which will see Great Britain look to make the most of the home advantage at the venue where Britain won the trophy for the first time 24 years ago, when the competition was known as the European Cup and featured separate men’s and women’s competitions.

UKA performance director Neil Black outlined the importance of the event, saying: “The event is being given the highest priority and we will be selecting the best possible team to try and win the two-day competition.

“I know the support from the local people will be fantastic and hopefully that will spur the team on to take the trophy.

“We will be looking for those who didn’t quite hit the highs at the Olympics to come through here – people like Shara Proctor, Tiffany Porter and Holly Bleasdale.”

UKA chief executive Niels de Vos added: “The last time the competition was here we won it and that is our intention again. We’ll pick the team early June and it will be selected to win and place athletes as high as possible – every point is vital.

“Hopefully, this will be the first full house at this competition and it can generate an electric atmosphere.”

Find more information on the event and tickets at www.gateshead2013.com.

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