British Athlete and Olympic gold medallist born to Nigerian parents, Christine Ohuruogu, has been named Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year during an awards ceremony at Sky Studios in London according to Skynews.
Previous winners of the prestigious award include Sally Gunnell, Dame 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.
It was Ohuruogu’s turn to take the spotlight this year, however, as the 400m runner beat off competition from a strong shortlist.
“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.”
Ohuruogu 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.
The Olympic gold medalist has revealed that she is not ready to quit yet but will be looking forward to competing in Rio come 2016.
“The minute you stop looking for something to improve on is the minute you stop running. The plan is to go to Rio, but I have to stay fit,” she added.