Grabarz & Shakes-Drayton take British titles

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Perri Shakes-Drayton put in a masterful performance at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium to break the women’s 400m hurdles British Championship record on Sunday evening.

The European indoor gold medal winner finished in 54.36seconds to take the British national title, while Eilidh Child came in second place. The win for Shakes-Drayton – her fifth British title - secures qualification for this year’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Shakes-Drayton looked good in the heats, and the world’s number four ranked 400m hurdler followed it up with a strong run in the final to beat off competition from Scottish athlete Child – her nearest rival for the national title.

Shakes-Drayton broke Sanny Gunnell’s British Championships record with the 54.36 run.

Elsewhere at the meet, Olympic bronze medal high jumper Robbie Grabarz successfully defended his high jump title with a 2.28m clearance and will take his place in Moscow next month.

Hannah England, Anyika Onuora and Nigel Levine also clinched qualification places for the World Championships in the Russian capital.

England won a dramatic 1500m race, after pre-race rivals Lisa Dobriskey and Laura Weighman failed to complete the event. Weighman exited the track in tears after falling hard, while Dobriskey dropped out after suffering an injury.

Levine came through in the men’s 400m with a season’s best time of 45.23seconds – good enough to book his place on the plane to Moscow.

Onuora ran a 22.71second 200m to secure the ‘A’ standard qualifying time needed for a spot at the World Championships.

Robbie Grabarz
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