London 2012

After being publicized as a potential medallist for the 2012 Olympics, Perri Shakes-Drayton was disappointed after just missing out on a place in the 400m Hurdles final in London.

Fascinating facts

  • Perri has a tattoo of butterfly on her lower back and a rosary around her ankle
  • Her favourite TV programme is Keeping up with the Kardashians
  • She has a Sports Science degree from Brunel University.

She finished third in the Olympic 400m Hurdles semi-final, despite just weeks earlier winning the 2012 Great Britain Olympic trials.

Perri Shakes-Drayton is one of the most talked about, up and coming, names in athletics.

She became involved in athletics in primary school after a teacher recommended that she join an athletics' club because she kept winning races. She took this advice and joined Tower Hamlets and Victoria Park Harriers at Mile End and has been at the club ever since.

Perri came to prominence at the English Schools Championships where she set a UK junior record time in the 400m hurdles. She made her first major international appearance at the 2006 World Junior Championships where she finished eighth, achieving a new personal best of 57.52 seconds.

She took the silver medal at the 2007 European Athletics Junior Championships with a time of 56.46 s, a national junior record in the event.

At the 2009 British Championships in Birmingham, she finished second in the 400 metres behind reigning world champion Christine Ohuruogu, setting a new personal best.

Further success came on the junior circuit at the 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships, where she won the 400m hurdles gold medal with a time of 55.26 seconds, another personal best. At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin Perri reached the semi-final and in June 2010 she ran a personal best of 54.91 seconds to win at the Memorial Primo Nebiolo.

Perri went to the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona hoping to gain experience of the big stage and get to a major final. Perri exceeded all expectations. She claimed a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles setting a new lifetime best in the semi-final, and then again in the final.

Her exploits placed her as the third fastest British female in history in the 400m hurdles. Two days later Perri anchored the Great Britain's 4 x 400m relay team with an astonishing run of 49.7s to secure the bronze medal for the team, her second of the championship.

In July 2011 Perri qualified for the World Championships with a spectacular performance at the UK trials. Perri made history by becoming the first woman to win both the 400m hurdles and 400m titles.

Shakes-Drayton also has a degree in Sports Science from Brunel University (graduating with a 2:1).

Perri Shakes-Drayton

  • DOB: 21/12/1988
  • Events: 400m Hurdles, 400m and 4x400m relay
  • Residence: Bow, London