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Shakes-Drayton on a high after Gothenburg gold

ESPN staff
March 5, 2013
Perri Shakes-Drayton's achievement is remarkable given she is a hurdler © AP

Perri Shakes-Drayton is full of confidence after winning the gold medal in the women's 400m at the European Indoor Championships last Sunday.

The 24-year-old secured a double triumph in Gothenburg by leading a British one-two in the women's 400m and helping her 4x400m relay team-mates to victory.

Shakes-Drayton put behind her the disappointment of picking up an injury for the 400m hurdles semi-final at London 2012 by winning gold in an event that is not even her specialty, running a time of 50.85 seconds.

"You know it gives me great confidence for the outdoor season, because obviously that was indoor and outdoor is a lot different, and also I'm a hurdler, so it's going to be a lot different, but you know I did a good time and hopefully I can transfer that to outdoors," Shakes-Drayton said, speaking to Sky Sports News.

"Going from hurdles to running, it's not really that common, not a lot of people do it."

She revealed the decision to run the 400m individually all came from her experience at the World Indoor Championships from Istanbul a year ago - where Great Britain pipped the United States to a dramatic gold medal.

"I was on the relay team, ran the last leg, ran my heart out with the world No.1 Sanya Richards-Ross and I gave her a run for her money," Shakes-Drayton said.

"I did well then, and the coach said, 'Why don't I try it out and go for it next year in the individuals', the whole thing, and you know as a 400m hurdler you're a lot stronger in the 400m because you're not running over ten obstacles. So I went for it and it was a good choice."

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