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Shakes-Drayton sets sights on big three in 2018

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 September 2017

Great Britain's Perri Shakes Drayton and Zoey Clark after the 4x400m relay heats at the London 2017 World Championships (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Great Britain's Perri Shakes Drayton and Zoey Clark after the 4x400m relay heats at the London 2017 World Championships (pic Adam Davy/PA)

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A rejuvenated Perri Shakes-Drayton has her sights firmly set on competing in all three of the big major athletics championships in 2018.

The 28-year-old Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC star closed out her 2017 campaign with a barnstorming victory in the women’s rarely-run 500m at Great North CityGames at Newcastle Quayside on Saturday.

A strong finish down the home straight was just enough to pip fellow Briton Anyika Onuora on the line by 0.01 seconds to clock 66.69 with South Africa’s Lisanne De Witte taking third in 67.19.

“To get the win, I’m in a good place after what I’ve been through with injuries and stuff,” said the likeable Shakes-Drayton, who returned to the athletics circuit this year fit and healthy after a long-term injury.

“Nobody believed I would come tops here but I was a dark horse. To get a win in my last race of the season and after that all that I’ve been through in terms of injury, this is what I’ve missed.

“This wasn’t in my plan in terms of being here, because usually after my championships I’m done. I’ve never done Gateshead before, it’s my first time. It feels good and now I’m looking forward to winter.

“The girls kind of set the pace. I know I’ve got more in me than a kick and that’s what I did.”

The 400m specialist, who last month clocked a season’s 400m best of 52.19 at Palio Citta’ della Quercia in Rovereto, Italy, has vowed to go all guns blazing next year in her ambitious attempt to qualify for World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

“I’m trying to go for everything next year,” she added.

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