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Christine Ohuruogu trying to finish crying

TRUE CHAMPION: Christine Ohuruogu struggles to hold back the tears (PA)

BRITISH TRACK star Christine Ohuruogu last month left fans weeping for joy as she clinched gold in a photo-finish at the 400m during the World Championships in Moscow, but she has vowed her crying days are over.

Known for letting the tears spill in interviews after winning or losing, the 29-year-old has said she is determined to change her ways and not allow her emotions to come to the surface.

She told BBC Sport: “I'm done, I'm finished crying, I'm back to my stone-faced Christine.

“I do cry a lot. I'm really ashamed to say that because I have this tough exterior, but I'm always crying. It doesn't add up.”

Talking about her interview with Denise Lewis after winning gold in Russia, Ohuruogu said: “I can't remember what Denise said but when someone like Denise Lewis is really proud of what you've achieved, it touches a nerve.

“It was really special to have someone of her calibre being really gracious about what I achieved. Sometimes, when you get acceptance, it hits you and you don't know what to do with yourself. I spent the whole day crying.”

On the issue of fame and media portrayal, the Stratford-raised east Londoner believed it was foolish to compare athletes to celebrities.

Ohuruogu added: “We're athletes; we're not pop stars. We don't thrive on public recognition.

“My job is to run around a track a fast as I can and that's independent of outside influences. It's not something that bothers me too much.

“And I'm not too sure how to rate recognition. People who meet me are very happy to see me; they always congratulate me and ask for photos.

“It's not really for me to judge. I'm not looking for it. Maybe if I was a musician I could rate it on album sales, but I'm not.

“My philosophy has always been to go out and do my job and hopefully inspire people. When I was a kid I loved being inspired and, in turn, I'm just passing on that torch.

“I love my life as it is. I love that it's very simple - not manic, not crazy. I have a big family - my youngest brother is five - and it's really important that I spend time with them.

“If my life was any other way I don't think I'd be able to manage it, I'm scatter-brained enough as it is without adding more to the mix.”

Ohuruogu is set to compete at the Great North City Games in Newcastle on September 14, where she will participate in the 150m race.

“The athletes love competing in the City Games,” said runner who won 400m gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

“It's really nice that my last performance of the season is on British soil, just to say thank you to the British public for being great all season.”

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