Abi made the Olympic Final in Athens but has since been hindered by a non healing stress fracture which left her sidelined for almost two years She won her first AAA Under 17 Gold medal in 1996 and also secured her first English Schools win that year as well as making her Junior international debut.
On top of her individual efforts, she was a relay member at the 1998 World Junior Championships and also two years later at the European Under 23s and World University Games. Injuries held her back in 2000 but she produced some outstanding form the following season, impressing indoors and then going onto to smash her personal best and take the British Universities, Inter-Counties and AAA Under 23 Gold medals as well as European Under 23 Silver.
Having run 11.29 and a wind-assisted 11.17, she ran the anchor leg in the 4x100 at the World Championships that year. She completed a successful year by taking the World University Games 100m and in 2002 she made the final of the Commonwealth Games, running the anchor leg in the 4x100 as she helped England to the Bronze. She followed up her strong Manchester showing with sixth place in the 4x100m at the European Championships in Munich and was selected for the World Championships in Paris.
A Politics and Sociology graduate at Brunel, she studied for a masters at City University Club: Shaftesbury Barnet HarriersCoach. Abi Oyepitan’s appearance at London 2012 comes eight years after her breakthrough at Athens in 2004.