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European Indoor Championships: Perri Shakes-Drayton leads GB gold rush

Last Updated: 03/03/13 7:04pm

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The women's 4x400m relay team celebrate their victory in Gothenburg

The women's 4x400m relay team celebrate their victory in Gothenburg

Perri Shakes-Drayton led a British gold rush as Team GB claimed three gold medals on the final day of the European Indoor Championships.

The 24-year-old destroyed the field to take the honours in the 400m, before anchoring the 4x400 relay team to glory.

The men's 4x400 quartet then completed a golden hat-trick, having initially been disqualified.

Shakes-Drayton powered to victory in the individual event with a time of 50.85 seconds - the fastest in the world this year.

Fellow hurdles specialist Eilidh Child grabbed silver to complete a British one-two.

Shakes-Drayton stormed out of the blocks and made all the running to shatter her personal best for the second time in as many days.

She finished more than half a second ahead of Child, who lowered her own Scottish record to 51.45secs, with team-mate Shana Cox sixth.

Shakes-Drayton, who had a disappointing Olympics, said afterwards: "I'm really happy with that.

"Everyone had expectations of me getting gold and in my heart of hearts I wanted gold. To be able to deliver and run a world lead, I didn't expect that. It gives me confidence and hopefully I can transfer it over the hurdles."


The Londoner completed a golden double in the relay, carrying the baton home after fine legs from Child, Cox and Christine Ohuruogo - who didn't take part in the individual event - saw Team GB lead the whole way.

The men's 4x400 team rounded off a fine afternoon when the quartet of Michael Bingham, Richard Buck, Nigel Levine and Richard Strachan clocked 3 mins 06.96 secs to finish more than half a second ahead of Russia.

Britain found out they had been disqualified during their lap of honour because Buck had stepped outside his lane. But they were reinstated after replays showed he had been jostled by a Polish runner.

Levine, who won silver in the men's individual event, set up the victory with a magnificent third leg to put Team GB out in front, a lead they never relinquished.

It was Britain's fourth gold of the games, following Holly Bleasdale's victory in the pole vault on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Mukhtar Mohammed had to settle for bronze in the 800m after being outmuscled by his rivals, while in the women's event, defending champion Jenny Meadows just missed out on a medal when she finished fourth.

Meanwhile, Fionnuala Britton won Ireland's second bronze medal of the championships when she finished third in the 3000m behind Portugal's Sara Moreira and Corinna Harrer of Germany.

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