Olympic and world 400m champion announces her retirement aged 34

Christine Ohuruogu, the 2007 and 2013 world and 2008 Olympic 400m gold medallist, has called time on her career.

On the eve of the 2018 Müller British Championships, the British sprinter said: “I feel it is a good time to formally announce my retirement from competitive athletics.

“I didn’t feel ready to retire after last season but a combination of my studies and a niggling injury restricted how much training I was able to do this year.”

She added: “I started athletics in 2001 at Newham & Essex Beagles AC so I could become a better netball player. Now my career highlights include an Olympic Games 400m gold in 2008 and silver in 2012, and two World Championships 400m titles in 2007 and 2013.”

Ohuruogu was an England netballer in her youth but after taking up athletics she went on to enjoy a golden spell from 2006 onwards where she took the Commonwealth 400m title in Melbourne followed by a dramatic victory in the 400m at the IAAF World Championships the following year.

There, in Osaka, her build-up was interrupted by a controversial doping suspension for missing three drugs tests, but when she returned on the eve of the championships she found top form and pipped GB team-mate Nicola Sanders and Jamaican Novlene Williams in a close-fought race with a strong finish.

Twelve months later she demonstrated her now trademark surge down the home straight to win the Olympic title.

A bold defence of the title fell narrowly short in London four years later as she was beaten by Sanya Richards-Ross before she rallied again in 2013 to win the world title again in Moscow – beating Kathy Cook’s long-standing UK record with 49.41 in the process.

“Athletics has been my passion for so long and I am proud to call myself an athlete,” she said. “I love the diversity of the events and the brilliant characters that come from them. I have truly met some wonderful people over the last 15 years competing around the world and I am blessed to call many of them friends.

“I would like to thank all my coaches, management team, sponsors and training partners who helped make my journey that little bit easier.

“Special thanks to my long-term coach Lloyd Cowan and my medical team who have kept me running and got me to the start line of every championship from 2004 to 2016.

“Thanks to everyone else who has supported me over the years and stood by me in the good times and the bad, your warmth and support is much appreciated.

“I hope to stay involved in the sport at some level and am excited to see all the new talent coming through.”