Athletics - Shakes-Drayton breaks British Championships record

Perri Shakes-Drayton claimed a new British Championship record in the 400m hurdles as she successfully defended her national title in Birmingham.

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The European indoor champion finished clear of rival Eilidh Child in a time of 54.36seconds to secure her place at the World Championships.

Shakes-Drayton controlled the race at the Alexander Stadium from the start, holding off a late surge from Child for a commanding victory.

And now she is ready to turn her attention to Moscow and the World Championships.

"I am pleased to retain my title," said the 24-year-old. "As much as I may have come here as the fastest I still wanted to come and perform well in front of the crowd.

"I would love to come home with a medal from Moscow but I will get to the final first and see what happens then."

Sainsbury’s British Championships is the second event in the Sainsbury’s Summer Series.

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