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Ohuruogu returns for world championship opportunity

INJURY PLAGUED: Ohuruogu

FORMER WORLD and reigning Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu announced that she will be competing at the world championship trials at the end of the month despite injury fears.

The athletics world championships begin on August 27 in Daegu, South Korea and Ohuruogu has barely featured on the track this season due to niggling injuries but the Newham and Essex Beagle insists that her injury woes will not prevent her from running at the trials, which take place at the Alexander Stadium on July 29-31.

The 26-year-old from east London told BBC Sport: “Don't worry - I'll be there. I'm happy with where I am in training and that it's all coming together at the right time."

Ohuruogu was crowned world champion in 2007 and won Olympic gold a year later in Beijing but missed last year’s Commonwealth Games and European championships because of a quad injury and, as Ohuruogu explains, the road to recovery has been a difficult process.

"My coach and my physio pretty much sat on me to prevent me getting too ahead of myself, and that slowly-slowly approach in terms of making sure I'm physically fit and mentally fit has been a good call,” said Ohuruogu.

"It's been a crazy couple of months. In a cheesy way, it's been quite enlightening - it's always very difficult watching the races when you're not in them, but it's really paid off to be patient, and not to just dive in as I would like to have done.

Despite suffering several setbacks Ohuruogu believes that overcoming adversity has made her an improved competitor.

She added: "At this time of year you have to be really smart with how you train and race, to know that when you get to Daegu you have every part covered. There's always time - it's just a matter of how you use it.

"You might not necessarily have the best preparation or the one you had in years before, but you have to make the most of what you've got. That ultimately will make you a better athlete."

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