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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.'

London Paralympics 2012: Ellie Simmonds gets bronze in S6 50m freestyle

Another medal for Simmonds as swimming star gets bronze in S6 50m freestyle final

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UPDATED:

18:36 GMT, 4 September 2012

Ellie Simmonds won her third medal of the Games as she snatched a bronze in the S6 50m freestyle.

The 17-year-old admitted in the morning she was running purely on adrenalin and had found the heat 'a killer'.

However, on Tuesday night she returned to finish third in 36.11secs behind Mirjam de Koning-Peper and Victoria Arlen.

Winners: (left-right) Silver medallist Victoria Arlen, gold medallist Marjam de Koning-Peper and bronze medallist Ellie Simmonds (and below)

Winners: (left-right) Silver medallist Victoria Arlen, gold medallist Marjam de Koning-Peper and bronze medallist Ellie Simmonds (and below)

Simmonds with her bronze

Simmonds was delighted and surprised by her bronze.

She told Channel 4: 'I'm so happy. I'm
really chuffed to get a bronze medal, I can't believe it – I was only
looking to get a PB.

'It's just going so well for me. I'm going to go back and prepare and look forward to racing my 100.'

Pleased with that: Ellie Simmonds celebrates her bronze

Pleased with that: Ellie Simmonds celebrates her bronze

Congratulations: Simmonds hugs silver winner Victoria Arlen

Congratulations: Simmonds hugs silver winner Victoria Arlen

Simmonds ready to go

Winning grin: Simmonds after coming third

Before and after: Simmonds before hitting the water and after emerging as the bronze winner

Simmonds returned to her accommodation after the heats where she had a massage and physio as well as a two-hour sleep before returning to the Aquatics Centre rested.

She was taken aback by her performance, saying: 'A massive surprise really.

'This is my fourth best event and I was going in fourth so to come out with a bronze medal…

'I was actually going for a personal best but I think a bronze medal actually overtakes a personal best in the Paralympic Games.

'I am just so happy and to be on the medal podium again on my fourth event and it will definitely help for my 100.'

The medals continued to come with Steph Millward claiming silver in the S9 400m freestyle.

It was a third medal of the meet for the 30-year-old who trains alongside Simmonds under Billy Pye at Swansea.

Narrow: The race was a tight affair

Narrow: The race was a tight affair

Millward was never out of the medal
positions, going from third to second at the halfway stage, a place she
never relinquished as she touched in 4:40.01, a European record.

The race was won by South African Natalie du Toit who claimed her third successive title.

Amy Marren, aged only 14, was fourth with Lauren Steadman, Simmonds' room-mate, sixth.

Millward told Channel 4: 'Two silvers
and a bronze. It's fantastic, that's really good. I'm so impressed with
that race, actually.

'I knew that Natalie du Toit was going to be going at a ridiculous speed so it was good.'

Of Marren, she said: 'I'm quite proud because she's a youngster so there's someone coming after me which is fantastic.'

Jack Green writes instructions "chin down, flat back" on his arm for 400m race

On your marks, get set… then look down at your arm for instructions

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UPDATED:

19:45 GMT, 14 July 2012

Britain's Jack Green had to remind himself that he was not jumping over any obstacles when he won the 400m at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 20-year-old from Kent, who will compete alongside Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles at the Olympics, wrote 'chin down, flat back' on his arm.

Jack Green of Great Britain in his blocks with a message printed on the inside of his wrist

On your marks… James Green makes a last-minute check

Jack Green of Great Britain in his blocks with a message printed on the inside of his wrist

Get set… Green follows his instructions to a tee

He followed the instructions to perfection, though, as he won the national final in a personal best 45.99sec.

Jack Green of Great Britain in his blocks with a message printed on the inside of his wrist

Go… and it works as Green storms to victory

Usain Bolt wins in Ostrava as Dwain Chambers misses Olympic qualifying time

Rusty Bolt! Usain wins but fails to shine, and British star Chambers flops, too

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UPDATED:

19:34 GMT, 25 May 2012

Usain Bolt eased to victory in Ostrava on Friday night, but his post-race reaction was somewhat unusual.

The fastest man of all-time got off to a poor start in the 100 metres, but sharpened up over the closing 30m, recording a time of 10.04 seconds.

Tough day at the office: Bolt could only manage 10.04 seconds on Friday night

Tough day at the office: Bolt could only manage 10.04 seconds on Friday night

He grimaced a stride out from the line, though, and went to his knees after finishing, removing both of his shoes instantly and walking away less than comfortably. But if he was in pain he did his best not to show it, high-fiving the crowd before telling them he would be back next year.

There were no such celebrations for Great Britain's Dwain Chambers. Eligible to compete at London 2012 after a change to the rulings relating to doping offenders, the 34-year-old was a distant fifth in 10.28 – missing both the A and B Olympic qualification standards.

Leading the way: Bolt recovered after a poor start, but Chambers (left) struggled en route to fifth

Leading the way: Bolt recovered after a poor start, but Chambers (left) struggled en route to fifth

In the other 100m race, GB`s Mark Lewis-Francis crossed first in 10:36.

Three British hurdlers all ducked under the ceiling of the A standard in the 110m hurdles, with Andy Pozzi fourth (13.36), Lawrence Clarke fifth (13.42) and Andy Turner a disappointing sixth (13.48) in a race won by Dexter Faulk. The trio have met the A standard before.

Flying the flag: The Jamaican sprinter vowed to return next year

Flying the flag: The Jamaican sprinter vowed to return next year

Richard Davenport was fourth fastest in the 400m hurdles – his 51.54 almost two seconds slower than the winner, Brent LaRue, but a personal best five metres 72 saw Steven Lewis end third in the pole vault.

Oscar Pistorius swapped the Paralmypic World Cup in Manchester for the 400m track here, but was a comfortable last in 47.66 as LeShawn Merrit demonstrated his class with a race-winning 45.13.

Last: Oscar Pistorius (right) finished a long distance behind race-winner LeShawn Merrit

Last: Oscar Pistorius (right) finished a long distance behind race-winner LeShawn Merrit

Andrew Osagie impressed in the 800m, finishing second to Adam Kszczot in 1.45.24, while Andrew Baddeley was third in the 3000m. In the women's events, five-time Olympic medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown was almost half a second quicker than her nearest challenger in the 200m, finishing in 22.38, while defending Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu met the A standard in the 400m.

She recorded a time of 51.59 in one of her best runs over the last year, but she still came second to Sanya Richards-Ross. GB's Shana Cox was eighth and last. Caster Semenya was second in the 800m, the 2008 gold winner edged out by Pamela Jelimo – GB's Marilyn Okoro was fifth while Dawn Hunt did not finish.

National coach Charles Van Commenee will have enjoyed seeing Tiffany Porter – his captain at the World Indoors in Turkey – win the 110m hurdles in 12.65, while Perri-Shakes Drayton met the B standard in finishing third in the 400m hurdles.