Olympic athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton has set her eyes on success at this summer's World Championships in Russia.


The Hackney-born athlete impressed during the lead up to the Olympics in London last year - and went agonisingly close to reaching the 400m hurdles final at the Games.


But the 24-year-old reflected on how important that particular experience was for her development as she looks to hit some real form in the latter stages of the year.


"I've had some time since, and I know that I definitely learnt a lot," she told Activinstinct.

"It was a one-off experience, and the main lesson that I learnt in particular was that you can't let external factors affect you.


"There is nothing you can do to control them, so worrying about them is pretty futile."
Drayton also admitted that she felt the expectation levels surrounding GB athletes like herself at the London Olympics were astronomical.


"In all honesty the rise in expectations was tough as all you really want to do is focus on your training and racing," Drayton said.
"But then I was very lucky to have experienced a home Olympic Games, and having that to aim for really helped through the tough winter months of training in the lead up to them."

Drayton emphasised the positive impact the Games had in incorporating the different communities in London  and hopes this message can be transmitted across to the rest of the UK.


"The great thing about the Games was that the whole nation embraced it and hopefully that continues and the whole nation will benefit from the legacy, not just the East End, and not just London."


Drayton - who admitted that her career in athletics 'just happened' - has made it clear what her main priority is at the moment with the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games in the near horizon.


She said: "Definitely the World Championships. That's where all my focus is going at the moment."

 

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