Ohuruogu: I'm beaten but so proud

05 August 2012 / 23:40

British athlete Christine Ohuruogu told cheering spectators at London's Olympic Stadium that she should feel proud of herself despite failing to defend her 400m Olympic title.

"The realisation hit me when I crossed the line that I had lost my title, but the crowd has really uplighted me," she said, after collecting her silver medal. "I think I got a bit spoiled in keeping on winning gold medals. You only want to win gold but it has been a really tough few years.

"The last good year I had was the Beijing (2008) Games so to be able to come through another Olympic cycle and take home another medal, I think I should be really proud of myself."

Ohuruogu, 28, was speaking during an impromptu trackside interview with a London 2012 stadium presenter after her medal ceremony.

She seemed to have wiped a tear away as she received her silver medal in front of a very partisan crowd inside the Olympic Stadium, a few miles from where she grew up.

Ohuruogu had clocked a season's best of 49.70 seconds but it was not enough to beat her long-time rival Sanya Richards-Ross of the US, who ran 49.55 seconds.

Ohuruogu's trademark racing style of clawing back on her rivals down the home straight did not pay off this time.

She said: "I thought I was going to get her, but then I started tightening up and I just knew that it was not going to work.

"I could feel my shoulders lifting up and my back was arching and then I thought, 'No it is not going to happen'."

Ohuruogu said she had not really thought beyond the London 2012 Olympics but that she was looking forward to the 4x400m relay, and added: "We have got a really good team."