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Shakes-Drayton heads Moscow ready Brits

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Perry Shakes-Drayton won the 400m hurdles © PA Photos
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Perri Shakes-Drayton won her fifth British Championship title - breaking the event record in the process - to book her place at August's World Championships.

Shakes-Drayton, a medal prospect next month in Moscow, ran 54.36 seconds in the 400m hurdles to edge Eilidh Child and claim victory in Birimgham - underlining her domestic dominance in the event.

The London native will now look to build on her European Indoor Championships gold medal and challenge for a major international medal next month.

Elsewhere, the likes of Robbie Grabarz, Hannah England, Nigel Levine and James Ellington all made sure of their places on the plane to Russia - although not all were satisfied with their performances.

Grabarz, the Olympic bronze medallist, cleared 2.28m to win the men's high jump - but knows he will have to do a lot better to contend at the Worlds.

"I think the height was acceptable, probably the lowest I'd go home with and not cry myself to sleep," Grabarz said. "I need to jump higher than that though."

England, the reigning world silver medallist, won through in the 1500m - while Levine hit the 'A' standard qualifying time as he won the 400m.

Anyika Onuora, meanwhile, reached a notable milestone as she won the 200m in 22.71 - ensuring she has the 'A' standard over 100, 200 and 400m.

"It was a little bit special, wasn't it? I'd like to think I'm in the form of my life," Onuora said. "I'm feeling really good and I just hope it all bodes well for Moscow."

Michael Rimmer, Brett Morse and Eilish McColgan were among others to book their spots for Moscow.

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