Ohuruogu believes in chances
Christine Ohuruogu has an unwavering faith in her ability to deliver on the big stage as she hunts gold at the World Championships in Moscow.
The 29-year-old is one of the leading medal hopes in an injury-depleted Great Britain team, having enjoyed her best ever build-up to a major championship.
Ohuruogu ended three years of frustration by defying expectations to win 400 metres silver at London 2012 and is in the form to go one better at the Luzhniki Stadium.
She said: "I learned (from last year) that if I keep my head strong and my faith then I will deliver regardless.
"I think in 2012 nobody thought that I was going to medal. I didn't really care.
"What mattered was what I thought - and I believed I could medal. I even believed I could go ahead and win it.
"Even though I had three years out I could still prove to myself that I have to keep believing and keep my trust and my faith and then I will do a good job and I did."
Ohuruogu, the team captain, takes to the blue Mondo track for her heats tomorrow evening on the back of recording her fastest ever time outside a major championship at the London Anniversary Games.
She clocked 50 seconds flat to win at the Olympic Stadium and said she had hoped to run "a little bit faster".
"It looks good," said the Londoner, who will not face Olympic champion Sanya Richard-Ross in Moscow as the American is injured. Instead her toughest opposition is likely to come from defending champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana and home favourite Antonina Krivoshapka, ranked one and two in the world.
"If I didn't believe there was more I'd just keep myself at home," she added. "There wouldn't be any point in me being here. Hopefully there is more in the tank and I think there is."
Known as an athlete who saves her best for the big stage, the Londoner has some wrongs to right.
She was disqualified from the heats for a false start in Daegu two years ago, almost unheard of in the 400m, following a third straight injury-plagued season.
The 2008 Olympic champion's one and only world title dates back to 2007 in Osaka, when she took gold a matter of weeks after returning from a one-year ban for missing three out-of-competition drug tests.
The 2013 Ohuruogu believes she is "a lot more wise and a bit more confident" than the 2007 vintage.
And she feels the team as a whole is in a better position than it was going into London 2012, despite the absence of several big names, like Jessica Ennis-Hill.
"London 2012 was a situation that was one of the hardest we have ever dealt with," she said.
"A lot of people had to grow up after that, not just personally but professionally. So I do think that does make us better prepared."
Ohuruogu delivered the traditional team captain's speech on the eve of the event, which was branded "really inspirational" by 19-year-old team-mate Adam Gemili.
"Her speech was to go out there and don't have any regrets," the sprinter said.
One of those in the audience was her younger sister Victoria, a member of the 4x400m relay squad, and the elder sibling said she ran her speech by her first to make sure it would get the youth vote.
She said: "I was a bit worried that it might have been a bit too heavy for the situation, but, with the team having some new members, some young members and old members, I wanted it to appeal to everyone."
With that out the way, she can focus on fulfilling her own ambitions.