Perri Shakes-Drayton vows to bounce back
PUBLISHED: 16:31 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 05 October 2010
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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.