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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Nearly every major sports nation awards Athlete of the Year honors.
In most, they go to Olympic sports athletes. In the U.S., they usually do not.
You’d be hard-pressed to find annual awards more publicized and celebrated than in Great Britain for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The broadcaster announced its shortlist for its 2013 awards on Tuesday.
Here are the nominees:
Ben Ainslie, sailing — Olympic champion was tactician for Oracle Team USA’s America’s Cup victory
Ian Bell, cricket — starred for England in Ashes series win
Hannah Cockcroft, wheelchair sprinter — two-time IPC Athletics World Championships gold medalist
Mo Farah, track and field — swept 5000m, 10,000m at World Championships
Chris Froome, cycling — Tour de France winner
Leigh Halfpenny, rugby — Player of the Series in British and Irish Lions tour of Australia
A.P. McCoy, horse racing — Notched 4,000th career winner
Andy Murray, tennis — Ended Great Britain’s 77-year Wimbledon men’s drought
Christine Ohuruogu, track and field — 400m world champion
Justin Rose, golf — U.S. Open winner
The obvious favorite is Murray, who also won the 2012 Olympic men’s singles gold medal at Wimbledon.
The last two winners were Olympic cyclists — Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. Other past winners include soccer stars Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, rower Steve Redgrave, track and field stars Seb Coe, Daley Thompson and Paul Radcliffe and figure skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
The 60th BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be announced on Dec. 15 after public voting.
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