The Nigeria British Association and BIS host visit from Christine Ohurougu
On 13th February, the British International School (BIS) welcomed Olympic gold medalist for team GB, Christine Ohurougu to speak to the school about following dreams and working towards ambitions.
She was introduced by Oluwaseni Akinwunmi, a Year 10 student a BIS who had played a major part in her coming to school. This was not only because of the inspiration that she would give to young people everywhere, but to showcase the solid partnership that these two distinguished nations share.
All students and members of staff were absolutely stunned by the fact that a world athletics champion stood in their midst.
Christine Ohurougu was born in Newham, East London to Igbo parents. She is a phenomenal athlete with quite a few medals to and awards to her name.
In 2003 Ohuruogu was a bronze medallist at 400 m at the European Junior Championships. She became the AAA champion in the 400 m in 2004, was a semi-finalist in the 400 m at the Athens Olympics of 2004, also taking part in the 4 x 400 m relay team that finished 4th.
In the 2005 European Under 23 Championships she took the silver medal, losing individual gold by a hundredth of a second. She also won silver in the 4 x 400 m relay.
After reaching the semi-final at the 400 m at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics she won a bronze medal in the women's 4 x 400 m relay together with Lee McConnell, Donna Fraser and Nicola Sanders.
Ohuruogu won a gold medal for England in the 400m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in a personal best time of 50.28 seconds, beating favourite Tonique Williams-Darling in both the semi-final and the final.
She returned to win the gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. Fellow British athlete, Nicola Sanders won silver with Novlene Williams of Jamaica third. Ohuruogu won all three of her individual races at the world championships â€“ her heat, her semi-final and the final.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Ohuruogu became the first ever British female 400m champion, by beating the pre-race favourite Sanya Richards (bronze) and Shericka Williams (silver), with a time of 49.62s,the fastest time of 2008. Ohuruogu won the silver medal at 400m in the 2012 London Olympics. In a close race Sanya Richards Ross held on to take the gold while Ohuruogu produced a fast finish to beat DeeDee Trotter and Amantle Montsho by just a few hundredths of a second to take the Silver.
Ohuruogu claimed a second World Title on 12 August 2013, becoming the first British woman to do so, by winning the 400m final in Moscow.
All students were very inspired, and they absolutely loved it. It was a brilliant day and hopefully there are better days to come for this prestigious learning institution.
By Oluwaseni Akinwunmi Year 10
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