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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.'

Jessica Ennis misses out on Female Athlete of the Year to Allyson Felix

Team GB golden girl Ennis pipped to Athlete of the Year by US sprinter Felix in Barcelona

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UPDATED:

13:31 GMT, 25 November 2012

Jessica Ennis has missed out on being named the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year after American sprinter Allyson Felix won the award.

Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis was on the three-strong final shortlist, but lost out to Felix, who won three gold medals at London 2012, at an IAAF ceremony in Barcelona this afternoon.

Felix, 27, won the 200 metres and the 4x100m and 4x400m titles in the summer.

Unlucky Jessica: Prince Albert of Monaco (left) stood next to, Usain Bolt (centre left) and US sprinter Allyson Felix (centre right) after she pipped Ennis to Female Athlete of the Year

Unlucky Jessica: Prince Albert of Monaco (left) stood next to, Usain Bolt (centre left) and US sprinter Allyson Felix (centre right) after she pipped Ennis to Female Athlete of the Year

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams had also been in contention.

Usain Bolt won the men’s award for the fourth time in the last five years.

He beat Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha and 110m hurdles gold medallist Aries Merritt.

The pair have both set world records this year, while Bolt successfully defended his three sprint titles.

'This means a lot to me as this was one of my hardest years,' Bolt, who had fitness concerns in the run-up to the Olympics, said on the IAAF website.

Looking sharp: US athlete Aries Merritt missed out on an award

Looking sharp: Usain Bolt picked up the men's award

Looking sharp: Usain Bolt (right) picked up the men's award as Aries Merritt (right) missed out

Beaten: Yohan Blake

Winner: Allyson Felix pipped Jessica Ennis in Barcelona

Winner: Allyson Felix (right) pipped Jessica Ennis in Barcelona and Yohan Blake (left) strikes his signature pose

'My coach doesn’t want us to discuss injuries, so I didn’t talk about it, so this means a lot.'

Felix said: 'It is pretty much one of the coolest awards I’ve ever received.

'Winning it means you are at the top of your sport, which is something we all strive for. To finally reach the goal during the journey of a long career is very special.'

Another win: Bolt picked up his fourth award in five years

Another win: Bolt picked up his fourth award in five years

Class act: Jessica Ennis shone in the London Games, winning the heptathlon gold

Class act: Jessica Ennis shone in the London Games, winning the heptathlon gold

'For me this is a great honor to win a fourth time. I really worked hard and I was really focused this year. This season was one of my toughest.

'I had my ups and downs, even though we don’t like to talk about them,' said Bolt, who thanked his coach and the fans at this summer’s Olympics.

'The London games were magnificent. Fans were there in the stadium from 10 in the morning, I had never seen anything like that.'

In 2003, Bolt and Felix won the Rising Star awards for the most promising young athletes of the year.

Bolt said: 'Nine years ago I was here with Allyson, now I am back, that means I am getting old, which is slightly worrying,'

'But I will continue to work hard.'

Lee Westwood watches Golden Hoof win on his phone

Ryder Cup hero Westwood watches Golden Hoof win on debut at Kempton

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UPDATED:

19:47 GMT, 5 November 2012

Golfer Lee Westwood watched his Golden Hoof make a winning debut over hurdles at Kempton via his phone.

His manager Chubby Chandler, who part-owns the four-old-gelding trained by Nicky Henderson, said: ‘Lee’s out in Shanghai at the moment and was watching on his phone.

Debut win: Andrew Tinkler rides Golden Hoof to victory at Kempton

Debut win: Andrew Tinkler rides Golden Hoof to victory at Kempton

‘He (Golden Hoof) is a big baby. Nicky didn’t give us that much encouragement but everything turned out well. It’s terrific fun and we just enjoy the day out.’

Golden Hoof, sent off at 7-2, cruised through much of the race under jockey Andrew Tinkler before scooting clear to beat Rysbrack four and half lengths.

The big disappointment of the race was smart Flat performer Ransom Note who jumped sloppily throughout and eventually finished a well beaten seventh.

Usain Bolt nominated for 2012 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year but Mo Farah is snubbed

What about, Mo Bolt in line for another gong but two-golds Farah is snubbed for IAAF athlete of the year prize

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11:25 GMT, 5 November 2012

Usain Bolt headlined the shortlist for the 2012 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year announced – but there was no place for double Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Bolt dismissed doubts over his form and fitness at London 2012 by sweeping to gold in both the 100 metres and 200m. He then played a key role as Jamaica smashed the world record in the 4x100m.

Bolt was one of three candidates still standing after the 10-man shortlist named last month was whittled down to three.

Gong: Usain Bolt (R) congratulates his coach Glen Mills after Mills received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of the West Indies at the weekend

Gong: Usain Bolt (R) congratulates his coach Glen Mills after Mills received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of the West Indies at the weekend

Aries Merritt and David Rudisha are also in contention with both men having a fine 12 months.

American Merritt clinched gold in London in the 110m hurdles and then smashed the world record with a blistering run of 12.80 seconds in the second of two Samsung Diamond League finals in Brussels in September.

Rudisha also achieved an Olympic gold and world record double.

What about, Mo Farah has been overlooked from the IAAF shortlist for Male Athlete of the Year despite winning two gold medals in London

What about, Mo Farah has been overlooked from the IAAF shortlist for Male Athlete of the Year despite winning two gold medals in London

The Kenyan blitzed the field in the final of the 800m at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford to cruise to victory in a best-ever time of 1:40.91.

Farah was cut from the expanded list despite an emotional summer of success.

The Somali-born star first landed the 10,000m and then rode a tidal wave of support to clinch the 5000m title the following Saturday.

The winner of the 2012 award will be announced during the IAAF's Centenary Celebrations in Barcelona on November 24.

Up for grabs: Kenyan 800m Olympic champion David Rudisha is also in contention

Up for grabs: Kenyan 800m Olympic champion David Rudisha is also in contention

Andy Turner to miss indoor season after surgery on both achilles tendons

Injury-hit Turner to miss indoor season after surgery on both achilles tendons

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UPDATED:

08:54 GMT, 16 October 2012

British 110m hurdler Andy Turner will miss next year's indoor season after surgery on both ankles.

Nottingham-born Turner, 32, who has
endured an injury-hit season, underwent an operation to remove a
plantaris tendon and have both his achilles tendons scraped.

Target: Andy Turner aims to be 'pain-free' by end of the year

Target: Andy Turner aims to be 'pain-free' by end of the year

'I'm just trying to get pain free so I can train fully and have a good outdoor season and make amends for a poor 2012,' said Turner on his own website.

'At present I haven't set myself exact targets but to make the world final (World Athletics Championships in Moscow in August) and to break my PB, are two things I'm confident I can do if I'm pain free.

'It (the operation) sounds a lot worse than it is. I should be back in full training by Christmas, so unfortunately indoor this year will not be happening.'

Turner failed to reach the final of the hurdles in the London 2012 Olympics, finishing fourth in his semi-final.

Mo Farah back in action at Diamond League Grand Prix in Birmingham

Farah back in action at Diamond League Grand Prix but can't break two mile record

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16:29 GMT, 26 August 2012

Mo Farah returned to action for the first time following his glorious Olympic double gold at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix, but for once came up short.

The 29-year-old won the two miles race with considerable and predictable ease, bursting away from the field with 200 metres to go, but was unable to break Steve Ovett's 34-year-old European outdoor record.

Farah, also celebrating the birth of twin girls on Friday, clocked eight minutes 27.24 seconds over the rarely-run distance, well short of Ovett's mark of 8mins 13.51secs.

Back in action: Mo Farah made his first athletics appearance since the Games

Back in action: Mo Farah made his first athletics appearance since the Games

Farah, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles in London, was roared on to those successes by 80,000 screaming fans. The surroundings at the Alexander Stadium, capacity 12,700, were rather more modest, but he still received the loudest cheer of the afternoon.

Tributes to the man could be seen around the stadium, including a wicker Farah, in full Team GB kit and in his trademark 'Mobot' celebration, on a grassy bank between two stands, while a 'Mo Cam' went round the stands capturing fans doing the pose.

Perri Shakes-Drayton beat the 400 metres hurdles Olympic champion for the second time in four days, but was still denied her first Diamond League win in controversial circumstances.

The Briton, who failed to qualify for the final in London after her hamstring tightened in the warm-up ahead of her semi-final, crossed the line in second place behind Kaliese Spencer, but was upgraded to first when the Jamaican was disqualified.

Spencer was quickly reinstated, though, officials deciding her trail leg had not gone around rather than over the hurdle.

But Shakes-Drayton, who clocked 54.08 seconds, still claimed the scalp of London 2012 gold medallist Russian Natalya Antyukh, whom she also beat in finishing third at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday, and Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova.

Her Olympic disappointment still hurts, however.

'I was heartbroken, I'm not going to tell fibs,' the east Londoner said.

'I'm kind of glad that it's over with as well because I can move on.

'I had anger, I had upset inside so I couldn't wait to get on the track again.

'I said I wanted to end my season on a high and at the moment it's looking that way because I'm running good times.'

Olympic 400m silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu was second in 50.67s in a race won by Jamaican Rosemarie Whyte.

Perri Shakes-Drayton fit for Birmingham Grand Prix

Shakes-Drayton declared fit for Birmingham as hurdler looks to forget Olympic injury

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UPDATED:

11:01 GMT, 21 August 2012

Perri Shakes-Drayton has revealed she is fully fit for this weekend's Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix after an injury derailed her Olympic medal hopes earlier this month.

The 23-year-old missed out on a place in the 400 metre hurdles final after she finished third in her semi-final heat but confirmed the hamstring problem she suffered at the Games is behind her, albeit still something of a mystery.

'During the warm-up prior to my Olympic semi-final I felt my hamstring tighten up,' Shakes-Drayton said.

'I tried my best to make it feel better but in my mind I knew it didn't feel right.

Missing out: Shakes-Drayton did not qualify for the Olympic final

Missing out: Shakes-Drayton did not qualify for the Olympic final

Back in action: The Londoner will compete in Birmingham

Back in action: The Londoner will compete in Birmingham

'The opportunity of being at the Olympics, I'm not going to pull out. I was hoping I was going to pull though.

'Like a lot of people have said, I didn't look like the same athlete that people noticed in the heat.

'It was tightness, only tightness. I had a scan to find out if was serious and the scan didn't show anything of concern, it was just tightness, so general soft tissue physio sorted it out.'

Shakes-Drayton admitted it was not the first time she had experienced that type of problem.

She said: 'I have experienced it before, back in Rome where I never even raced because of a similar thing.

'Me and my coach are looking to meet up and discuss it because we don't want this kind of problem to happen again.

'Maybe it will be something that needs to be dealt with before winter training starts.'

However, the London-born athlete is hoping to finish with a strong result in the UK's final Samsung Diamond League meet of the year this weekend and replicate her personal best of 53.78 seconds at Crystal Palace last month.

'I'm hoping to end on a high. That's my aim,' she said.

'I'm going to go out there and try to win but these girls are top girls and I'm just hoping to go out there and do my thing and repeat what I did in Crystal Palace.

Fine form: Shakes-Drayton recorded a personal best last month

Fine form: Shakes-Drayton recorded a personal best last month

'I feel 100 per cent fit. I feel good. With my event you can't really judge what's going to happen so I've just got to go out there and try and stay in contention.'

With the London Olympics over, Shakes-Drayton has been left to reflect on what could have been, but she claims she is not setting her sights on the Rio 2016 Games just yet.

'I would have run a much better semi-final [at the Olympics] because the heat was so comfortable, I felt so good, I knew I had so much more left to give.

'I was more than capable of making that final but it just didn't happen.

'Rio is a goal but I've got loads more championships in between that.

'We've got World Championships in Moscow and when I go there I'm looking to be a medal contender.

'I'm capable of doing it. It just has to be at the right time.'

London 2012 Olympics: Syrian Ghfran Almouhamad disqualified for failing drugs test

Syrian hurdler Almouhamad disqualified from Games after failing drugs test

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15:03 GMT, 11 August 2012

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Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad has been disqualified from the Olympic Games after failing a drugs test.

The 23-year-old provided a urine
sample on August 3 which indicated the presence of banned substance
methylhexaneamine. The B sample confirmed the findings.

Out: Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad has been disqualified from the Games for doping offences

Out: Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad has been disqualified from the Games for doping offences

Almouhamad competed in the women's 400m hurdles but failed to advance past the first round, finishing eighth in the second heat, a result which will now be annulled.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced: 'The athlete, Ms Ghfran Almouhamad, Syrian Arab Republic, athletics, is disqualified from the women's 400m hurdles event of the 2012 London Olympic Games where she placed eighth in the second heat of the first round; and shall have her Olympic identity and accreditation card cancelled and withdrawn immediately.'

The IOC said athletics' world governing body the IAAF should 'consider any further action within its own competence'.

Almouhamad competed in the women's 400m heats

Almouhamad competed in the women's 400m heats

London 2012 Olympics: Looking good for Rio as Old Etonian Lawrence Clarke leads new Brit pack

Looking good for Rio as Old Etonian Clarke leads new Brit pack

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22:05 GMT, 8 August 2012

No medals in the Olympic Stadium for
the British on Wednesday but a glorious day for the generation of
athletes who will be wearing the colours in Rio.

Super Saturday may never be matched
but this was a wicked Wednesday for the class of 2016 that gave us a
splendid glimpse into the future.

This was youth having its first moment
in the sun, and how well they grasped their opportunities. They did
themselves and their team proud.

Leap of faith: Clarke has reached the 110m hurdle final at the Olympic Stadium

Leap of faith: Clarke has reached the 110m hurdle final at the Olympic Stadium

As hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon, 21, put it: 'We all sit together at dinner and cheer our team-mates. It's beginning to sink in that I'm part of a great team.'

The star of the day was 22-year-old Lawrence Clarke, Old Etonian, heir to a baronetcy and dead ringer for the aristocratic hurdler Nigel Havers played in Chariots of Fire, emulated him by reaching an Olympic hurdles final.

Clarke, first cousin four times removed to the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, ran the fastest 110metres hurdles of his life in 13.31sec to qualify himself to run against the aristocracy of the hurdles.

He would probably regard it as a small mountain to climb after ascending Mont Blanc at the age of 13 and he certainly made light of it. He finished fourth in the fastest race ever run in Britain which saw American Aries Merritt win gold in 12.92sec.

'The goal was to make the semi-finals so this was a bonus. I tried to produce the best race of my life,' he said, and that was precisely what he did.

In contention: Lynsey Sharp is in the semis of the 800m

In contention: Lynsey Sharp is in the semis of the 800m

Cameron Sharp has been through too much
in the last 20 years of his life since a car accident crippled the 1980
Olympic sprinter to get excited over something as insignificant as
sport. But daughter Lynsey, 22, managed to bring a smile to his face
when she Skyped him on the eve of her 800m heat.

'It's the first time I have seen emotion from him. It was great to see
him smile,' she said after she made him prouder still by qualifying for
the semi-finals.

The pressure was greater on her than almost anybody in Team GB. Four
other women, better qualified on time if not performance, were left out
of the team to include her as Britain's sole 800m representative.

'I have tried to block it out but the media hasn't helped by harping on.
Today is a big confidence boost. That was the minimum I wanted. I have
shown my selection is warranted,' she said.

Sadly, her father could not be there to see it. A ticket was available
but a journey from his home in Scotland was too much for a man who had
to learn to walk again after his accident.

Hitchon became the first British woman to qualify for the final of the
hammer, another of the Rio generation not over-whelmed by the presence
of 75,000 spectators.

Impressive: Britain's Lisa Dobriskey

Impressive: Britain's Lisa Dobriskey

'I was used to performing on stage when I was training to be a ballet dancer,' she said.

She fluffed her first two pirouettes in the circle, clipping the hammer
cage with her first launch and dropping a second short. But the third
flew out to a distance of 71.98m, her third British record of the season
and far enough to put her in 10th place in qualifying.

'It was pretty much all or nothing when I produced my big throw but as soon as I let go, I knew,' she said.

Steve Lewis, 26, another who has broken a British record this summer,
qualified for the chance to become the first Briton to finish in the
first eight of the men's pole vault with a vault of 5.50m, a height he
shared with five other finalists.

Lisa Dobriskey, fourth in the 1500m in Beijing, suffered a stress
fracture of the femur in February and was rushed to hospital in May with
a blood clot on the lung.

Remarkably she made it through to tomorrow's final, finishing fourth in
her semi-final in 4min 05.35sec. So did the Steve Cram-coached Laura
Weightman, 21, with a career best of 4min 2.99sec.

Only long jumper Shara Proctor missed out. She led the qualifiers on
6.83m but was way off that mark in the final, failing to make the cut
for the last three rounds after jumping 6.55. Gold went to American
Brittney Reese with a massive leap of 7.12m.

London 2012 Olympics: Lawrence Clarke finishes fourth, Aries Merritt wins 110 metre hurdles

Heroics from Clarke but no medal as Merritt seals 110m hurdle gold for USA

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UPDATED:

20:45 GMT, 8 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Lawrence Clarke came fourth in the 110m hurdles which was won by Aries Merritt who stormed to victory in 12.92s at the Olympic Stadium.

Merritt's was he fastest time in the world this year and just 0.01s off the Olympic record set by Liu Xiang in Athens in 2004.

His USA team-mate Jason Richardson took silver in 13.04, with Jamaica's Hansle Parchment taking bronze in a new national record of 13.12s.

Defending champion and world
record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba pulled up injured midway through
the race.

More to follow…

Toff on the track: Clarke came an impressive fourth, behind winner Merritt

Toff on the track: Clarke came an impressive fourth, behind winner Merritt

Final flourish: Merritt dives for the line to seal the 110m hurdle crown

Final flourish: Merritt dives for the line to seal the 110m hurdle crown

Final flourish: Merritt dives for the line to seal the 110m hurdle crown

Down but not out: Clarke can be pleased with his performance in the final

Down but not out: Clarke can be pleased with his performance in the final