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Shakes-Drayton leads the way for GB
Perri Shakes-Drayton led the way for Britain on the final day of the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg by storming to gold in the 400 metres ahead of team-mate Eilidh Child.
Shakes-Drayton led from the front and powered to victory in 50.85 seconds, a second personal best in two days and the fastest time in the world this year.
The 24-year-old finished more than half a second ahead of fellow hurdles specialist Child, who still lowered her own Scottish record to 51.45secs.
Shana Cox briefly threatened to make it a British clean sweep when she occupied third place after the first lap, but faded in the closing stages and finished sixth as Sweden's Moa Hjelmer delighted the home crowd by taking bronze.
Shakes-Drayton, who should claim a second gold in the 4x400m relay later today with Olympic silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu to complete the team, said: "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.
"I still want to achieve over the 400m hurdles and I haven't fulfilled my potential so to me I'm still a 400m hurdler and I think that gave me an advantage today, because I'm used to running over 10 hurdles in a 400m so I'm a lot stronger."
Shakes-Drayton missed out on the Olympic final by just one place last year and admitted: "It kind of made me think I am going to show people what I am about, I am not giving up. With every disappointment I think you get stronger and that's the case with me.
"I was knocked down after things had been going my way and I think you need a setback to come back stronger. I proved that today."
Child added: "I'm over the moon. Once I saw Perri ahead of me, I just thought 'sit on her shoulder and try and work with her the whole way round'. I'm delighted that I got a medal.
"It was a PB and I can't ask for any more than that, especially after back-to-back races, so I'm delighted. It just shows from the pair of us that the flat speed is there so it's just a case of getting the hurdling right and we'll both drop some really good times this season."