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Child and Shakes-Drayton ready to right wrongs in Moscow

August 10, 2013 12:41 pm

Eilidh Child is fed up, if you’ll pardon the pun, of falling at the final hurdle – and has vowed to put it right in Moscow.

With the exception of her silver at the Commonwealth Games, Child’s major championship record over 400m hurdles looks a little familiar.

But she’s confident the World Championships in Moscow will see a change in fortune, with her opening heat scheduled for Monday morning.

“I’m fed up with semi-finals and I need to take that step up and make the final,” said Child.

“Semi-finals last year at the Olympics, semi-finals at the worlds in 2011, semis at the Europeans in 2010 and semis at the worlds in 2009, it’s getting a bit boring.

“There are some girls running really well at the moment like Perri Shakes-Drayton and Zuzana Hejnová but it’s also a really open event – if you can make a final.

“Perri is obviously in great form and is right up there while Zuzana Hejnová is having a great year but it’s still a really open event.

“I’m feeling pretty good about everything. Training is good and my flat speed is pretty sharp and that’s going to make me a quicker hurdler."

Shakes Drayton is the only British woman athlete ranked in the world's top three in her chosen event in 2013 and clocked a 53.67 second personal best at the recent Sainsbury's Anniversary Games.

And she's determined to exorcise the disappointments of last year's Olympics - when she failed to make the final.

'I've forgotten the Olympics, it's behind me now and it's all about what happens in Moscow now - you can't look back, you have to only look forward,' she added.

"I've done well in 2013, I have already raced well against some of the girls in the world here and I have my eye on Hejnova."

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