World 400 metres champion Christine Ohuruogu adores her younger sibling, Victoria, and nothing will make her prouder than for both to be running for Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
When Christine Ohuruogu told her sister, Victoria, that she was going to plough on towards Rio in 2014 in the hope of regaining her Olympic one-lap crown, she could have sworn she heard a little groan of dismay from her younger sibling.
Poor old Victoria. Christine knew her pronouncement could only mean that her 20-year-old sister, a very promising quarter-miler in her own right, would end up facing a few more years having to battle on in the imposing shadow of her No 1 fan and training partner, the woman who this year became the most successful female British athlete ever.
This, accepts Christine, can never have been easy for Victoria but at the end of a stellar year in which she won her third global 400 metres title and now finds herself shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, she is adamant now that she has two ambitions. Not just to try to become the first British track and field athlete to regain an Olympic crown, but also to one day see the sister she adores eclipse her on the track.
“I want Vicky to eventually aim to beat me. I want her to be better than me,” says Ohuruogu with undisguised enthusiasm.
There is no rivalry between them because, over the nine years that Ohuruogu has been winning big races, Victoria, one of her seven siblings, has for the most part just been learning the ropes as a junior.