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Vinco Meets: Victoria Ohuruogu

Image by Alexander Hassenstein via Getty

Image by Alexander Hassenstein via Getty

Victoria Ohuruogu was a Youth Olympic Games finalist and recently a World Indoor Relay Bronze Medalist and is making a steady progression in the Women’s 400m from talented junior to an elite senior athlete. I had a talk with her ahead this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

First of all, congratulations on making the Commonwealth Games Team. How has the season gone so far?

Thanks. Well I opened my indoor season with an indoor PB and then ran 52.9 in Clermont in April.  I then went to the Bahamas as part of the 4x400m for World Relays; that was a really fun, unique experience.

The Games are in Glasgow on British soil this year and a huge team has been selected, are the relay girls confident of another medal?

Yeah.  When everyone's in shape and ready we have a really strong team and can compete with the best in the world.  We can definitely challenge for gold.

You ran an impressive 52second split to become a world indoor medalist, how did the 400m relay bronze medal fare in your list of achievements?

It was nice to be part of a winning, experienced team. It was a good environment with others looking out for me as one of the youngest and it’s my first global medal.

What was it like being on the team for the World Championships in Moscow as your first major senior champs?

That was my first time being away with the senior team; my first champs was in Glasgow earlier that year and Moscow was very different to previous domestic meets. It opened my eyes up to what it takes to get to the next level. Athletes I was watching since I was younger were now competitors. You see the athletes village, and what goes on behind just the racing.

I have to ask; your 52.71SB compared to your sister Christine’s 53.14. Will you two be racing at all this year?

I don’t think so. She’s having a down year so we’ll only be competing against each other in training.

Who’s winning?

OBVIOUSLY ME.

What music do you listen to in warm up?

I have a playlist; It’s got some Destinys Child, Danny Brown, The Strokes, Kanye West, Kelela… And I like a lot of M.I.A and N.E.R.D.

Very Cool.

Away from the track I hear you’re also a talented artist, has art played as a big a role in your life as track?

Yeah, I’ve loved art since I took it at GCSE and it’s always been what I’ve wanted to do. I attend the University of Arts London, pursuing a Sculpture BA and it’s what I’m doing when I’m not training.

And I believe you have an art space in East London, can you tell us a bit about that?

I’m working with a company called ‘Somewhere To…’ where I won an art space to work with underprivileged young people who never got the chance to pursue art in east London.

Source: Jan Kruger/Getty Images Europe

(Image by Jan Kurger via Getty)

Victoria will compete in the Women’s 400m relay in both the European Team Championships and the Commonwealth Games and, with a 52.61PB and a good training set-up under head coach Lloyd Cowan, looks to be on the brink of a breakthrough in the event. We’ll keep an eye out.

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