Christine Ileoma Ohuruogu was born in 1984 in Newham, East London and was raised less than one mile from the 2012 Summer Olympics stadium in Stratford.
As a former under 17 and under 19 England netball player, Christine participated in athletics from the age of 16. Joining the Newham & Essex Beagles, Chrissy began to specialise in the 400m (due to the fact that no other member wanted to compete over such a distance) and with impressive times she was regularly selected to run.
Christine’s professional athletics career began to take shape in 2003 when she won a bronze medal at 400m at the European Junior Championships. The following year she became the AAA’s champion, which led onto a semi-final place in the 400m at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, and a spot on the 400m team GB relay team, who finished fourth.
In 2005, in-between training and competing, Christine graduated from University College London, with a degree in Linguistics. In the same year, she reached the semi-final in the 400m at the Athletics World Championships in Helsinki, as well as winning a bronze medal in the women’s 4 x 400m relay.
In 2006 Christine scored a personal best to win a gold medal for England in the 400m at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and the following year she won a gold medal at the 2007 IAAF World T&F Championships in Osaka.
In 2008 Christine travelled with Team GB to the Beijing Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the 400m, making her the first British female Olympic Champion in the 400m. Following her Olympic achievements, in 2009, Christne was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours.
Christine’s good performances continued but her progression was disrupted by injury. She placed 5th in the 2009 IAAF World T&F Championships in Berlin but was forced to miss the 2010 European Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games. In 2011 she false started in the 400m at the IAAF World T&F Championships in Daegu but came back to help GBR to 4th place in the 4x400m.
In 2012 Christine was injury free and back to her best. She started the season with a fantastic run to help GBR win the 4x400m gold in the IAAF World T&F Championships in Istanbul. At her home Olympic Games in London she won the silver medal in the 400m in 49.70 secs, only 0.15 off the gold. In 2013 she reclaimed her IAAF World Championships 400m title in Moscow and helped GBR to 4x400m bronze. Her winning time of 49.41 secs was a new British Record. Christine added more medals in 2014 with Commonwealth Games and IAAF World Indoor Championships 4x400m bronze medals. In 2015 in Beijing she took her sixth World Championships medal with bronze in the 4x400m.