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Perri Shakes-Drayton claims relay gold

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Brunel University graduate Perri Shakes-Drayton struck gold at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul on Saturday, running a determined anchor leg for Great Britain's 4x400m relay quartet.

In a thrilling and closely fought race, the 400m hurdles specialist withstood a strong finish by the individual 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross, who anchored the US team. The British women won by just 0.03 seconds, with Perri crashing to the track as she lunged for the finish line.  

The team are now strong contenders for a medal at the Olympics this summer, raising the possibility of double success for Perri. She and her teammates Shana Cox, Nicola Sanders and Christine Ohuruogu stopped the clock at 3:28.76, the fastest time in the world this year.

Perri graduated in Sport Sciences in 2011, and now lives and trains in East London.