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Christine Ohuruogu, Olympic and world champion sprinter, retires

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Christine Ohuruogu, who memorably upset Sanya Richards-Ross for the 2008 Olympic 400m title, has retired from track and field.

The 34-year-old from Great Britain hasn’t competed in one year.

“Today is the start of the British Championships and as I won’t be there competing I feel it is a good time to formally announce my retirement from competitive athletics,” was posted on Ohuruogu’s website and social media. “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.”

Ohuruogu’s four Olympic medals are most by a British female track and field athlete.

She followed her Beijing gold, coming off the final curve out of the medals and passing a struggling Richards-Ross with 30 meters left, with silver in the London 2012 400m and silver and bronze 4x400m medals in 2008 and 2016.

Ohuruogu almost didn’t make it to the 2008 Beijing Games. After being suspended in 2006 for one year for missing three out-of-competition drug tests, she won an appeal against a British Olympic Association-imposed life ban from future Olympics.

She added eight world championships medals, including 400m gold in 2007 and 2013.

Ohuruogu, one of eight children of Nigerian parents, grew up less than a mile from the eventual site of the 2012 Olympic Stadium. She started track and field in 2001 as training for netball.

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