Gold Rush: Our Race to Olympic Glory continues this week – with Olympic athlete Christine Ohuruogu taking center stage.
In episode two of the three-part series, she talks about her dramatic fall from grace after missing three drug tests.
She was banned from participating in the Olympic Games.
However, it became one of the 2012 Games’ success stories.
Here is everything you need to know.
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Who is Christine Ohuruogu?
Christine is a former British athlete who competed over 400 meters.
She is famous for representing Team GB in the 400 meter run.
She participated in the Olympic Games, World Athletics Championships, and Commonwealth Games.
Christine became an Olympic champion in 2008 and a silver medalist in 2012.
She is double world champion and won the 400 meters at the 2007 and 2013 world championships.
She has also won six World Championship medals in the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay as part of the British and Northern Irish teams.
Christine won a bronze medal in the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay at the 2008 Beijing and 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Christine shares the record for medals at most consecutive world championships with Merlene Ottey and Usain Bolt.
She won nine between the 2005 World Athletics Championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Her relay bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the second British athlete to win medals in three consecutive Olympic Games.
Her personal best is 49.41 seconds.
The Queen named her an MBE at the 2009 New Year Honors.
Christine is the author of the children’s book series Camp Gold.
You follow an elite training school for aspiring athletes.
Why was she banned from the Olympics?
Christine was a budding athlete whose future looked bright.
However, she suffered a dramatic fall from grace after missing three drug tests.
The British Olympic Association banned Christine for a year for missing three drug tests outside of competitions known as the “whereabout system”.
She missed one in October 2005 and two more in June 2006.
The three controls that she missed violated the regulations and were counted as a doping violation.
Under the rules of the IAAF and the British Olympic Association, she was given a year-long ban for missing these tests.
Christine had to miss the first test on October 12, 2005.
It was also unavailable for the important third test just before the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2006.
The British Olympic Federation suspended her from participating in the European Athletics Championships in 2006.
They believed she had broken the anti-doping code.
Christine blamed a change in her training schedule for the fact that she was not there.
The British Olympic Association also imposed a life-long ban on participation in future Olympic Games for Great Britain.
At the time she said: “I am devastated and utterly heartbroken by today’s decision to exclude myself from the competition for 12 months.
“In view of today’s decision, I am now forced to think about my sporting future.”
However, her Olympic ban was lifted in November 2007 after she appealed to the Sports Arbitration Court.
Within a few days of the end of her year-long competition ban, she won the gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.
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When did Christine Ohuruogu retire?
Christine Ohuruogu announced her resignation in June 2008.
The former Olympic and 400 meter world champion retired at the age of 34.
She said: “The British Championships start today and since I won’t be competing, I think it is a good time to announce my retirement.”
“I end my career with four Olympic and five World Cup medals.
“Athletics has been my passion for so long and I am proud to be able to call myself an athlete.”
Why did Christine Ohuruogu retire?
Unfortunately, Christine missed the selection for the 400 meter individual at the 2017 World Cup.
She failed to reach the final at the UK World Championships in June this year.
Christine finished third in her run with a time five seconds off her personal best.
She then announced that 2017 would be her final season in the competition.
Christine admitted she didn’t feel ready to retire in late 2017.
However, her further education was limited due to injuries and her studies.
She said: “I didn’t feel ready to retire after last season.
“But a combination of my studies and a gnawing injury limited my training this year.”
How old is Christine Ohuruogu?
Christine Ijeoma Ohuruogu was born on May 17, 1984 to Nigerian Igbo parents in Newham, East London.
She is currently 37 years old.
She has eight siblings, including Victoria Ohuruogu, a sprinter.
Gold Rush: Our Race to Olympic Glory Episode Two
The second installment in the BBC One documentary that shows Team GB’s path to Olympic glory in 2012.
Viewers relive the moments when Britain competed to host the 2012 Games.
Meanwhile, the British team is looking for new talent, including a nine-year-old Tom Daley who is starting his sporting career.
Christine Ohuruogu talks about falling from grace after missing three drug tests and her subsequent return to the racetrack.
The episode ends with the 2008 Beijing Games.
At that point, Britain turned its luck with 51 medals.
Gold Rush: Our Race to Olympic Glory continues on Monday, July 12th, 2021 at 9 p.m. on BBC One.
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