University College London graduate Christine Ohuruogu storms to silver at London 2012
6 August 2012
University College London (UCL) graduate Christine Ohuruogu took silver yesterday in the women’s 400m but said it hurt to lose her Olympic crown.
Since completing her degree in Linguistics at UCL, Christine went on to win gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, a first for female 400m British athletes. This was also the first and only track and field Olympic gold awarded to Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games.
Despite her silver win at the 2012 Games, Christine felt disheartened that she narrowly missed out on maintaining her title telling the BBC:
"I was stunned. I was heartbroken actually, I really was."
She added: "To lose your title like that, it was tough. But Sanya's a worthy competitor and she ran a good race so I have to be happy with what I got. It could have been worse."
Nevertheless, Christine still managed to walk away with a season's best time of 49.70 seconds.
Commenting on Christine Ohurougho’s win of a silver medal in the Olympics 400m final yesterday, Professor Malcolm Grant, Provost of UCL, said:
“I was delighted to hear that Christine won a silver medal in the Olympic Games and that her determination and perseverance has paid off. It is especially gratifying considering she completed a degree in Linguistics at UCL, completing a world-leading education as well as latterly achieving the status of an Olympic heroine.”
During her time at UCL, Christine was awarded a UCLU Honours Cap, which is presented to students who represent the country internationally in sport.
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