Shakes-Drayton coy ahead of World Championship medal challenge

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Perri Shakes-Drayton says she is flattered to be tipped as a gold medal prospect for the World Championships next month - but insist she is not getting carried away just yet.

The 400m hurdler has enjoyed a successful season so far, adding her 5th UK title in a British Championships record time last weekend to the two golds she won at the European Indoors in Sweden back in March.

Her form prompted British team-mate and 400m rival Eilidh Child to suggest she was the favourite for gold going into the World Championships in Moscow next month.

Despite that the 24-year-old says it is premature to call her a favourite for the event given her relative inexperience.

"It’s good to hear things like that and I think a lot of people have high hopes for me, as I do," she told the Evening Standard

"I’m going out there every day training for medals and that’s what I want to get. But I’ve not even made it to a World Championships final yet.

Despite her coyness the east London native is keen to fulfil her potential after her disappointment at missing out on the 400m hurdle final at the Olympics in her own back yard last summer.

An injury during the event meant Shakes-Drayton failed to qualify for the final, but she says she has moved on from that and is focused on future successes. 

"I’ve taken on board what happened last year," she explained. "The 2012 season started really well so obviously there was disappointment from the Olympics but that upset was my main motivation in winter training. 

"It made me the athlete I am this season. But I also still feel like there’s more to come and anyway I try not to think too much about the past. 

"Every day is different and, when I’m on the start line, I’ll give it my all regardless of what happens.

The British star also revealed that she hasn't made any changes to her preparations with coach Chris Zah that can explain her good form in 2013 - and says her times are solely down to hard work.

"We’ve not really changed anything major. Every year I feel as an athlete I’m improving my hurdling. That comes from maturity and training through the discipline. 

"But the flat speed has improved and my coach, who can make things jokey and relaxed but is hard when it needs to be, has done a great job."

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