London 2012

Ohuruogu: Silver tough to take

I run to win says GB 400m star

Last Updated: 24/08/12 7:06pm

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Christine Ohuruogu: Ran under 50 secs for only third time

Christine Ohuruogu: Ran under 50 secs for only third time

Christine Ohuruogu has admitted it she is still struggling to feel completely satisfied with her Olympic silver medal.

Ohuruogu relinquished her Olympic crown when she finished second to American Sanya Richards-Ross in the 400 metres final at London 2012.

The result however, was undoubtedly a major achievement for an athlete who has been written off on countless occasions following her Beijing gold medal four years ago

With her progress since severely affected by injuries, the 28-year-old's time of 49.70 seconds was her fastest by a distance since that 2008 race and only the third time she has gone under 50 secs.

"I am happy with the silver," said the Londoner, who will compete in front of a home crowd again at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at Alexander Stadium on Sunday.

"But we don't train for second place and I wouldn't be the person I was if I was going to settle for silver. That's just how I am, it's not being ungrateful. I run to win.

"It was going to be a tough ask in the final, I didn't quite know what to expect, but I knew that if I'm going in, I'm going in to win. I don't know any other way.

"I think when time elapses you can look back on things in perspective. But I knew I was that close and knowing you were that close is what kills you."

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