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Backley: Ohuruogu has amazing chance to win

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Christine Ohuruogu of Britain (Reuters)

Current Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu has been listed by many as an outsider this time around in London, not even as a solid medal hope, but I think that she has an amazing opportunity.

I can't believe people are discounting her. What you have to remember is that the top athletes, the proven winners, have the ability to get themselves ready for the major championships. She is in form — by winning at Crystal Palace she ran her fastest ever time going into a major championships — and there she ran down the favourite.

Has she got a chance? I think she's going to win! I don't think the question is if she has a chance, it's who can beat her? If she's within five metres of the leader coming into the finish she will run them down. She has the heart of a lion, the strength of a champion and a mentality of total belief.

And when Richards, Monshaw and the rest know she's coming, it drives fear into their hearts. They will be looking up at the screen, feeling their legs hurt and Christine will be booming after them. It's a final that I can see going in Christine's favour.

In the hurdles, Tiffany Porter is clearly carrying an injury of some sort, but when you go into an Olympic Games the body will override it with the nerves and adrenaline.

I hope it's an injury she can cope with to get herself out there.

Former javelin world record holder and twice Olympic silver medallist Steve Backley will be an expert consultant for Eurosport-Yahoo! during the London 2012 Games.

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