Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Perri Shakes-Drayton set for Diamond League run

British 400m hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton has revealed she is fully fit for this weekend's Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix after injury derailed her Olympic medal hopes earlier this month.
The 23-year-old missed out on a place in the final after she finished third in her semi-final heat but confirmed the hamstring problem she suffered at the Games is behind her, albeit still something of a mystery.
"During the warm-up prior to my Olympic semi-final I felt my hamstring tighten up," Shakes-Drayton said. "I tried my best to make it feel better but in my mind I knew it didn't feel right.

"The opportunity of being at the Olympics, I'm not going to pull out. I was hoping I was going to pull though. Like a lot of people have said, I didn't look like the same athlete that people noticed in the heat.
"It was tightness, only tightness. I had a scan to find out if was serious and the scan didn't show anything of concern, it was just tightness, so general soft tissue physio sorted it out."
Shakes-Drayton admitted it was not the first time she had experienced that type of problem.

She said: "I have experienced it before, back in Rome where I never even raced because of a similar thing.
"Me and my coach are looking to meet up and discuss it because we don't want this kind of problem to happen again. Maybe it will be something that needs to be dealt with before winter training starts."
However, the London-born athlete is hoping for a strong run in the UK's final Samsung Diamond League meet of the year this weekend and replicate her personal best of 53.78 seconds which she set at Crystal Palace in June.
"I'm hoping to end on a high. That's my aim," she said. "I'm going to go out there and try to win but these girls are top girls and I'm just hoping to go out there and do my thing and repeat what I did in Crystal Palace.
"I feel 100 per cent fit. I feel good. With my event you can't really judge what's going to happen so I've just got to go out there and try and stay in contention."
With the London Olympics over, Shakes-Drayton has been left to reflect on what could have been, but she claims she is not setting her sights on the Rio 2016 Games just yet.
"I would have run a much better semi-final [at the Olympics] because the heat was so comfortable, I felt so good, I knew I had so much more left to give," she said.
"I was more than capable of making that final but it just didn't happen. Rio is a goal but I've got loads more championships in between that.
"We've got World Championships in Moscow and when I go there I'm looking to be a medal contender. I'm capable of doing it. It just has to be at the right time."