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Olympics news - Former champion Christine Ohuruogu backing Matthew Hudson-Smith for bigger future

Former Olympic champion Ohuruogu backing Hudson-Smith for bigger future
By Sportsbeat

30/10/2018 at 16:00Updated 30/10/2018 at 16:02

Former Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu couldn't be prouder of fellow 400m runner Matthew Hudson-Smith's achievements and has predicted big things for her former teammate.

Hudson-Smith collected his first major individual gold medal in the 400m at the European Championships in August.

The 23-year-old had moved to America for training and Ohuruogu believes the young runner can now take on the world.

She said: "I'm super proud of him. I knew he took a big jump leaving the country to train abroad and I know he was quite worried about that because I spoke to him a few times when he was out in Florida training.

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" So, I'm very proud of him because he did as he said."

Great Britain picked up 18 medals during a hugely successful championship in Berlin, including seven gold medals.

Ohuruogu, who was speaking at Chobham Academy as part of SportsAid Week, an initiative to raise awareness for the charity's work in funding the next generation of stars, believes Great Britain athletics is in fine shape and proved many wrong at the European Championships.

The Stratford star said: "It was nice to sit and watch the European Championships and see the team go out and do so fantastically well.

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"You can see how in just a few years and see mindsets have changed and I think there were sometimes when things were getting a bit miserable in the press about the athletics teams.

"It's great to see how the athletes have come into their own and running PBs, season's bests. It was such a stepping stone for them and it's really exciting to see what will happen over the next couple of years."