Christine Ohuruogu stays silent on retirement claims
For elite sportspeople, being on the sideline can be an impossible challenge but Christine Ohuruogu almost seemed relieved to have stayed behind the scenes at the World Championships in London.
The four-time Olympic medallist supported the women's 4x400m relay team of Zoey Clark, Laviai Nielsen, Eilidh Doyle and Emily Diamond as they took silver in the London Stadium.
It was a return to the arena where Ohuruogu won Olympic silver, but this time the 33-year-old was glad to be out of the limelight. There is much speculation as to whether the two-time world champion will retire soon and it certainly seems as though she is in no hurry to return to the track.
"I was more just there to be a support at the World Championships because it was a very pressured time," she said.
"We came in off the back of being Rio bronze medallists and I think the girls were feeling it a little bit, so I was just there to calm any fears and be a familiar face, help them get through warm ups. I thought I would have felt a bit of nostalgia, but I was actually quite happy to see them off.
Christine Ohuruogu of Britain celebrates after winning another medalReuters
"It's the first time in ages that I've not run in a relay but I'm able to look back and have some really great experiences myself. It was a good race to watch, we were all just screaming and I'm so proud of them, they definitely deserved it. I was able to walk away for the first time ever and say, 'Chris, you've done a good job, chill. It's okay, you don't need to keep pushing."
Rumours of Ohuruogu's retirement are compounded by the fact that she has just started a two-year law degree at Queen Mary's University. he former Great Britain team captain refused to give anything away, but suggested the difficulty of her studies could replace the buzz of competition.
"When I left the girls at the relay in London, I was happy to walk away, I was ready to go," she added.
"The degree is going to be hard graft, but it's more about seeing what I can get done with the time I have. I'm literally just floating through and seeing where I land. It's nice to do that sometimes – not putting any pressure on myself and just seeing where I end up. I've done everything I've wanted to have done in my sport, so I wanted to amp the challenge level up a bit."