Shakes-Drayton set for surgery
European Indoor 400 metres hurdles champion Perri Shakes-Drayton is to undergo knee surgery in the next few days after injury cut short her participation at the World Championships in Moscow.
The 24-year-old suffered tears to her cartilage and posterior cruciate ligament after sustaining the injuries during the 400m hurdles final in Russia a week ago.
Shakes-Drayton, who won gold as part of the 4x400m relay at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul last year, suffered the problem at the start of the final, the athlete feeling a wobble in her knee, and she eventually finished seventh.
The Londoner immediately flew home and tests identified her injury which will see her undergo an operation in the coming days.
British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "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.
"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."
Her agent Jonathan Marks said: "Perri is bitterly upset to have come away from Moscow without a medal and instead with a season-ending injury which she will have to undergo surgery on.
"We were surprised by comments from some sections of the media regarding the reasons for her performance in the final before the full extent of her injury was revealed - not least given Perri's success in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2013 and two personal bests in qualifying which made the pain of the final all the more hard to swallow.
"She was clearly in shock post race and given the seriousness of the injury it was incredible she actually got round the track.
"We know Perri will come back stronger from this and following rehabilitation will look forward to both the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next season."