Career Highlights: Perri Shakes-Drayton is one of Great Britain’s medal hopefuls and firmly ensconced in the world top ten for the 400 metre hurdles. A star of UK athletics at youth level, Shakes-Drayton narrowly missed out on selection for the Beijing Olympics but continued her rise with a gold at the European U23 Championships in 2009. Disappointment followed at the World Championships in Berlin, where she failed to reach the final of the event. However, bronze medals in the 400 metre hurdles and 4x400 metre relay at the European Championships in Barcelona hinted at future promise. Low-key in 2011, Shakes-Drayton is a bit of an unknown quantity going into the London Olympics, but a healthy world ranking and two years of development following that European medal suggest she is a potential medal contender. A member of the Tower Hamlets and Victoria Park Harriers in London, Shakes-Drayton can see the Olympic park from the window of her house, and as a local east-end girl there will be no end of motivation for her to excel. Jamaica’s Melanie Walker and Kaliese Spencer are the biggest medal threats, with reigning Olympic and world champion Walker holding the current Games record at 52.64 - substantially quicker than Shakes-Drayton’s personal best.