Surgery for Shakes-Drayton

Perri Shakes-Drayton requires surgery to repair injuries sustained at the World Championships in Moscow

Posted on August 22, 2013 by
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Perri Shakes-Drayton Moscow 2013 (Mark Shearman)

Double European indoor champion Perri Shakes-Drayton is to undergo surgery on a knee injury sustained during the 400m hurdles final at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Speaking after the race, the 24-year-old explained how she had felt a ‘wobble’ in her knee, with tests later revealing tears to her cartilage and posterior cruciate ligament.

Shakes-Drayton had gone into the competition in fine form and was billed as a medal contender for the 400m hurdles as well as a strong part of the 4x400m relay squad.

But her medal hopes were dashed when the knee problem saw her finish a distant seventh in a race won by Czech athlete Zuzana Hejnová.

On her return to the UK, Shakes-Drayton admitted she was ‘gutted’ that her World Championships experience in Moscow ended the way it did and took to Twitter to post a picture of herself on crutches along with a message that read: “Gutted my champs ended the way they did. All the best for the 4×4 girls, sure you’ll do me proud.”

The operation is due to take place in the next few days, with UKA performance director Neil Black confident of a speedy return from Shakes-Drayton to the track next year.

“Perri is working closely with the British Athletics medical team whose focus is very much to get her back into racing as soon as possible,” Black told British Athletics.

“She has had an incredible season, and it was a major disappointment for her that she suffered this injury in her first global final. We wish her well with her recovery and I have no doubt that she will be back on the track, in top form, next year.”

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