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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Roger Black : Ohuruogu still a London 2012 medal contender


Former Olympic silver medallist Roger Black says 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu is a major contender at London 2012 despite her recent poor form.
The 28-year-old has had a rocky time since her triumph in Beijing four years ago, blighted by injury and suffering the indignity of disqualification at last year's world championships in Daegu, having gone in as defending champion.

But speaking at the Nature Valley games at London's Honorable Artillery Company, Black told Metro her pedigree as a winner at the very highest level gave her a certainty of mind and aura that other athletes could not match.




'Write Christine off at your peril,' he said.
'She has the one thing very few people have - she knows how to compete at major championships.
'On paper she won’t go close, but in the Olympic final you’re exposed like nowhere else on each, and she won’t make a mistake – she never has done.
'The other girls in the race will know she's there and will be worried about her - there are some people you can just never write off.'

huruogu seems to save her best performances for the biggest stage, and Black says this is something he can relate to from his own days competing.
'She's just like me - she doesn't care how she runs in meetings in Paris or London, all that matters is how she does in the rounds of championships - I was just the same.
'Physically and psychologically, you prepare yourself in a completely different way.
'When she's healthy, she’s one of the great competitors in the 400m that we’ve ever had, so if she goes fit, even if she’s a second slower on paper than the rest of the field, she will not mess up the final.
'If you're not on top of your game, she’ll run you down.'
Roger Black helped Nature Valley - official supplier and sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games - bring the country to the capital with the Nature Valley games.

credit metro