Perri Shakes-Drayton wins gold in 400 metres at the European Indoor Championships

Shakes-Drayton leads GB one-two as she wins 400m gold ahead of team-mate Child

By
Laura Williamson

PUBLISHED:

10:50 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 3 March 2013

Perri Shakes-Drayton won 400-metre European indoor gold in Gothenburg this morning with a scintillating personal best of 50.85 seconds – the fastest time in the world this year.

The 400m hurdles specialist, 24, led at the bell and took gold in emphatic fashion, with fellow Brit and hurdler Eilidh Child setting a new Scottish record of 51.45 secs to win silver. Shana Cox, 28, finished sixth in 53.15 seconds.

Shakes-Drayton said: 'I’m really
happy with that. Everyone had expectations of me getting gold and in my
heart of hearts I wanted gold. To be able to deliver and run a world
lead – I didn’t expect that. I’m going to take that, it gives me
confidence and hopefully I can transfer it over the hurdles.

In a league of her own: Perri Shakes-Drayton celebrates winning the 400m

In a league of her own: Perri Shakes-Drayton celebrates winning the 400m

'I still want to achieve over the
400m hurdles and I haven’t fulfilled my potential so to me I’m still a
400m hurdler and I think that gave me an advantage because I’m used to
running over ten hurdles in a 400m so I’m a lot stronger.'

Child said: 'I’m over the moon, I
knew it would be hard but I was lucky to get a good lane draw after
yesterday’s qualification.

Race to the line: Shakes-Drayton lead fellow Brit Edith Child in the 400m final

Race to the line: Shakes-Drayton lead fellow Brit Edith Child in the 400m final

Crossing the line: Shakes-Drayton wins the 400m final ahead of Eilidh Child in second

Crossing the line: Shakes-Drayton wins the 400m final ahead of Eilidh Child in second

'I knew everybody would be out for me
because I was out in lane six so I thought I would just go out like a
bullet and hopefully get that break.

'Once I saw Perri ahead of me, I just
thought “sit on her shoulder and try and work with her the whole way
round”. I’m delighted that I got a medal.'