It is no longer news that Nigerians are known for making the country proud anywhere, anytime. This time around, it is about 35-year-old Nigerian-British athlete Christine Ohuruogu who has been inducted into England’s hall of fame.
The multi-gold medallist, world, olympic and commonwealth champion was awarded along seven other ‘greats’ at an award ceremony held in Birmingham on October 12, 2019.
Prior to retiring in 2018, the athlete earned an unrivaled position as a double world champion, having won the 400 meters at the 2007 and 2013 World Championships.
She is the first Nigerian-British female to win two World Championship titles, and the first Nigerian-British female to win three global titles.
The 35-year-old champion who specializes in 400 meters race, shares with Merlene Ottey and Usain Bolt the record for medalling in most successive global championships. A total of nine medals between the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Interestingly, Ohuruogu was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame in 2009 and a decade later, she is inducted into the England Athletics hall of fame. Some fellow former athletes who made the hall of fame include; Kelly Sotherton, three-time Olympic medallist in the heptathlon and 4x400m, and Nigerian Phillips Idowu, who was crowned world indoor, European indoor and Commonwealth triple jump champion during his career.
Speaking about her career, Ohuruogu said: “It has been such a long career, there is no one particular highlight, there have been so many.”