Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christine Ohuruogu named Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year

Christine Ohuruogu, born to Nigerian parents in Newham, east London has been named the 2013 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the year during an award ceremony at Sky Studios in London. Ohuruogu was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame in 2009.

The 400m runner beat off competition from a strong shortlist to win this year’s award, Cyclist Becky James came second, while triathlete Non Stanford was placed third. This year’s list includes the likes of world skeleton champion Shelley Rudman, double Olympic equestrian gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and England cricketer Heather Knight. Previous winners of the prestigious award include Sally Gunnell, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paula Radcliffe and Victoria Pendleton, while last year's award went to Jessica Ennis-Hill after she won gold at the London Olympics.

Ohuruogu in an interview with SkySports said-"It's such a hard category, which is really great, it means we have women who are excelling and doing so much better than people expect us to do," she said.
"I am shocked but I am really happy now."

The 29-year-old British athlete was awarded an MBE in the wake of her gold medal success at the 2008 Olympics and became the first British woman to claim a second world title when she won the 400m final in Moscow this August.