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Monday, 11 August 2014

European Championships: Christine Ohuruogu regrets break

European Championships: Christine Ohuruogu regrets break

2014 European Athletics Championships
Dates: 12-17 August. Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Coverage: On BBC Two from 09:00 BST on 12 August; daily coverage, reports and interviews on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website
Christine Ohuruogu says she regrets her decision to take a year off following her 2013 World Championships 400m win.
Ohuruogu, 30, intended to scale back her commitments this season before returning to competition ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
But the 2008 Olympic gold medallist has confirmed she will compete at the European Championships, from Tuesday.
"I am not at that level where I can afford to squander a year and take a break like that," she told BBC Sport.
Ohuruogu was part of the England team that took bronze in the Commonwealth Games 4x400m women's relay in Glasgow.
She intends to use the European Championships - which take place from 12-17 August in Zurich - as an opportunity to build up her fitness in the women's 400m.

British medal hopes at European Championships

Mo Farah in the 5,000 and 10,000m, but the double Olympic champion has struggled with injury and revealed he collapsed before Glasgow 2014
Adam Gemili in the 200m in Zurich after winning Commonwealth Games 100m silver
Eilidh Child in the 400m hurdles- the Commonwealth Games silver medallist is the top-ranked European in her event this season
Jo Pavey turns 41 next month but the Commonwealth bronze medallist has the third-fastest 5,000m time in Europe this season
Greg Rutherford - the Olympic and Commonwealth championis looking to improve on his 2006 European long jump silver in Gothenburg
Lynsey Sharp in the 800m - she recovered from injury and illness to take silver at Glasgow 2014
"The Europeans give me a chance to step up my performance, otherwise I would just be ticking along, and that would not be helpful for my progression in the 400m," she said.
Meanwhile Lynsey Sharp says her tears after her silver medal in the women's 800m at the Commonwealth Games were a reaction to a year of setbacks on the track.
The Scot, 24, will compete for the 800m European crown in Zurich just over a week after her success in Glasgow, which came at the end of an injury-plagued 12 months.
The Edinburgh runner won silver hours after being on a drip following a bout of sickness, and broke down in tears in her post-race interview.

Lynsey Sharp - 2012 European 800m champion

Sharp finished second behind Yelena Arzhakova at the 2012 European Championships but was upgraded to gold when the Russian received a two-year drugs ban
The Scot received her gold medal from her father Cameron in a ceremony at the Emirates Arena during the Glasgow International Match in January 2014
"I think the emotion that people saw in my interview after my race pretty much summed up the last year," she told BBC Sport.
"That was like every single hurdle or obstacle I've had in the last year, right down to the moment I've been dreaming of, was medalling in Glasgow, so that's probably why it was so emotional.


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