London 2012 Olympic athletics: Christine Ohuruogu reflects on silver

Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu says 400m silver on home soil means more to her then gold in Beijing four years ago

By Sportsbeat

Christine Ohuruogu has revealed she values her silver medal in London more than the gold she won in Beijing four years ago.

The 400m runner lost her Olympic title to American Sanya Richards-Ross, despite posting a season’s best time of 49.70 seconds.

In the immediate aftermath of the race, the 28-year-old admitted she was heartbroken to miss out on a second successive gold.

But upon further reflection Ohuruogu, who was born in Stratford and whose family live within walking distance of the Olympic Stadium, has spoken of her pride in her performance.

“I’m happy that for this Games I gave it everything, there is nothing I can say that I could have done better,” she said.

“I wanted to win, and that is not something I verbalised but in my heart that is something I was going for.

“My coach said we don’t train to come second, and I am happy that I set my standards high.

“It wasn’t meant to be, but that silver for me probably means more to me than gold in 2008.

“I should be really proud of myself, it could have been a lot worse and I could have come back with nothing.

“Having had three years that were not that great I think I should be quite happy.”

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