Ohuruogo only focused on Games gold

23 May 2012 / 18:06

Christine Ohuruogu is determined not to let anything deflect her focus from the "ultimate job" of delivering another Olympic 400 metres gold in London.

The 28-year-old has just returned from a training camp in Los Angeles, where she continued a low-key build up to the Games.

Since her Beijing triumph in 2008, Ohuruogu has suffered from injuries, and endured the bitter disappointment of disqualification from the 2011 World Championships in Daegu. However, in March the British sprinter delivered a timely reminder to her rivals with a stunning run to help Britain win the 4x400m relay at the World Indoor Championship.

American rival Sanya Richards-Ross, who was favourite to claim gold in Beijing four years ago but had to settle for bronze, feels Ohuruogu always "shows up" when it matters most at the major championships.

"It is nice that other people are saying that kind of stuff about me, but I am just trying to make sure I get everything in place for the summer. My focus has never been off the ultimate job," said Ohuruogu.

"I just focus on my job and what needs getting done, everything else in my book is just extra distractions. I don't really read too much into my run at the World Indoors.

"I just make sure what I have on my plate is very full and take on what I know I can manage. I am satisfied I did all I could while out in LA, so I am cool with that, but from now on, I will be staying quite local. There has been nothing to shout home about, but I am satisfied I am getting done what I need to."

Ohuruogu was speaking at Crystal Palace training alongside actresses from the Fast Girls film, which premieres at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square on June 7.

The British one-lap star was brought up in Newham, just a stone's throw away from the Olympic Park. With hype only set to increase over the coming weeks as the Olympic torch works its way around the country and on to Stratford, Ohuruogu believes the real impact of the Games may not be felt until it is all over.

"The London Games will be special, but I don't want to be running on emotion," said Ohuruogu, who returned the only athletics gold for Team GB in Beijing. "I am quite hardened to that now, the excitement has gone and it is just work, nothing else."