Olympic Games: Ohuruogu 'not ready to retire'

Christine Ohuruogu has insisted that she is not ready to hang up her spikes just yet as she ruled out a post-London 2012 Olympic Games retirement.

Olympic Games: Ohuruogu 'not ready to retire'

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Silver medallist Britain's Christine Ohuruogu wipes away a tear during the women's 400m victory ceremony (Reuters)

Victoria Pendleton was true to her word, walking away after London 2012 after winning gold in the keirin and silver in the individual sprint on the track, while closer to home for Ohuruogu, pole-vaulter Kate Dennison also decided to end her athletics career.

Double Olympic gold and bronze medallist Rebecca Adlington's future in the pool is also uncertain while Sir Chris Hoy's own cycling career is unlikely to extend beyond the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, if he gets there.

And, by her own admission, Ohuruogu did consider hanging up her spikes following the ten-minute walk home from the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, where she added 400m silver to her gold at Beijing 2008.

But, having experienced huge support from the British public both inside and outside the Olympic Stadium, Ohuruogu maintains she still has the hunger to race at the top level.

"Leading up to the Games I thought that would be it for me," said Ohuruogu. "But after it all I'm still pretty happy here and I wouldn't mind sticking around.

"When I mentioned retirement to my coach [Lloyd Cowan] all he said was 'we have to start training'. He wouldn't let me.

"I am enjoying taking a break and time away from him but I'm excited to start training again. I'm not yet back into full training but I'm gradually doing more and more. We are still contemplating whether or not we will do an indoor season but I want to give the body enough time to rest in order to build it back up.

"The World Championships are what we are looking at next year and they are the most realistic aim. I have already won a gold medal at the worlds so my opinion about the meet doesn't change and I am not running there to make a statement.

"Having won Olympic silver I believe I can do whatever I put my mind to so I think I can go faster than I have ever done before. Next year is a big year and having that in mind will spur me on.

"It is not difficult to find a drive. I want to go back to training and get better and start setting new goals for myself. As long as I'm in good shape I will continue. My event is difficult to train for because it involves a lot of impact work but it makes life a lot easier to handle if you are happy in what you are doing."

Retaining funding as part of the world class performance programme for 2013, Ohuruogu is intrigued by who will replace Charles van Commenee as UKA head coach after the Dutch taskmaster stepped down following London 2012.

But, with the appointment of Neil Black as performance director, Ohuruogu believes the shake-up will bring the best out of Britain's athletes.

"I didn't have anyone in mind to replace Charles but he certainly did a good job and it was time for him to move on and face a new challenge," she added.

"Neil will have a good influence on the team. Change is never necessarily a bad thing. Hopefully the shake up will allow people to believe in themselves, get the best out of themselves and have a different perspective on where they are at."

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