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Perri Shakes-Drayton vows to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 16:31 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 05 October 2010

BERLIN - AUGUST 17:  Perri Shakes-Drayton of Great Britain & Northern Ireland competes in the women's 400 Metres Hurdles Heats during day three of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2009 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

BERLIN - AUGUST 17: Perri Shakes-Drayton of Great Britain & Northern Ireland competes in the women's 400 Metres Hurdles Heats during day three of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Perri Shakes-Drayton has vowed to bounce back from her World Championship disappointment after failing to qualify for the final of the 400m hurdles in Berlin

Perri Shakes-Drayton has vowed to bounce back from her World Championship disappointment after failing to qualify for the final of the 400m hurdles in Berlin.

Shakes-Drayton, from Poplar, was handed a disastrous semi-final draw after being placed in lane eight and the 20-year-old struggled against a high-class field as she came home seventh in 57.57secs - more than two seconds outside her personal best.

But the 20-year-old, who was crowned European Under-23 champion last month, has vowed to emerge stronger after competing at her first major championships.

She said: "I've learned a lot and next time I come out here I'll be more confident. At my next major championships hopefully I will do much better."

British team-mate Eilidh Child, who finished as runner-up to Shakes-Drayton in the Under-23 Championships in Lithuania, also missed out on a final spot after finishing sixth in her semi-final heat.

And the 23-year-old revealed that the British duo had struggled to come to terms with the step-up in quality in their debut appearances at the World Championships.

Child said: "Me and Perri were top at the Under-23s but you come out here and you're pretty insignificant.

"But it's been a great experience out here and it's a good marker for the future and what we need to do.


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