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Athletics: Both Brits progress to 400m hurdles semis
Both Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child have progressed through to tomorrow night’s semifinals of the 400m hurdles. Going in the first heat Child posted a time of 56.14, the 22nd fastest of the heats.
Speaking after her race she said,
“I lost all my strength at the bend and I thought ‘get your backside in gear and get moving’. I think it’s because I was nervous at the start. I hit the second hurdle. Maybe I was a bit too cautious.
“I will go back and look at the video of my race tonight so I can make the adjustments and iron out the flaws so I can do my best tomorrow.”
Whilst Perri Shakes-Drayton looked very comfortable as she won her heat in 54.62, qualifying as sixth fastest.
She said, “I obviously thought ‘I’ve got to make the final’. You can’t hold back, you have to stay relaxed. I did want to win. I had a good start, there was a fantastic reception. I love it. I expected it to be louder than it was.”
Russian Natalya Antyukh qualifies as fastest in 53.90 while Melanie Walker of Jamaica, the reigning Olympic champion, running in the same heat as Shakes-Drayton, posted 54.78 in 8th.
The Women’s Sports Magazine