Christine Ohuruogu ‘proud’ to be named as captain of the GB team for the IAAF World Championships from August 10-18
Christine Ohuruogu has said she hopes to lead by example when she takes to the track in Moscow having been named as the captain for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the IAAF World Championships.
The 2008 Olympic 400m champion goes into the championships off the back of a number of strong performances including a season’s best 50.00 clocking for victory at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games on Saturday. That time was her fourth-fastest ever and the quickest she has ever run in a competition outside an Olympics or World Championships.
“I am very proud to have been asked by Neil (Black, UKA’s performance director) to be the team captain at the World Championships in Moscow,” commented Ohuruogu who will have her sights set on regaining the world 400m title she claimed in 2007. “When he called me up the other week, I thought I was in trouble!
“I am not normally someone who likes the spotlight, but this is a lovely feeling to be trusted in this role, and it’s nice for myself and my coach Lloyd (Cowan) for the hard work we have put in over the years.”
As well as leading the team and running the 400m, the 29-year-old has also been named as part of the 4x400m relay squad alongside her younger sister Victoria, something she admits reinforces the responsibility of her role.
“Having Vicky on the team really brings home the responsibility to me,” said the London 2012 silver medallist. “If ever there was a reminder that there are stepping stones along the way and the team captain is there to help young athletes settle in, then having my younger sister nearby is definitely it!
“An athlete’s career can be a rollercoaster of experiences, but if anything I know they’ve made me stronger as a person, and I hope to lead by example when I get on the track in Moscow.”
You can find the full GB team for Moscow listed here, which includes the addition of Greg Rutherford who on Tuesday was given the nod ahead of Chris Tomlinson for the long jump spot.