Britain Strike Double Relay Gold at the European Indoor Championships

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Michael Bingham, Richard Buck, Nigel Levine and Richard Strachan won the 4x400m title – although only after they were reinstated after an initial harsh disqualification.

And Perri Shakes-Drayton scored her second podium top spot in just a few hours to help erase her painful Olympic memories in Gothenburg.

Hurdles specialist Shakes-Drayton, 24, was one of the poster girls of last year’s Games, born and raised just a few miles from the Olympic Stadium in Bow, east London.

But she failed to make her target final and later admitted she wanted to forget the experience as quickly as possible.

However, she followed her earlier individual success over 400m by anchoring the British women’s 4x400m quartet to a dominant gold on the final day in Sweden.

Eilidh Child, a silver medallist behind Shakes-Drayton in the 400m, gave Britain a first leg lead they never let slip and Shana Cox and former Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu hammered down that advantage.

Their winning time was 3:27.56, rewriting a six-year old national record and also setting a new Championship best.

“I’ve had a great day at the office and I was delighted the effect of winning this morning wasn’t too great and I had just enough to bring the girls home,” said Shakes-Drayton.

There was certainly no doubting the validity of the win, unlike the men who followed.

Strachan’s winning margin seemed convincing but there were worrying moments after a transgression by Buck, when he stepped off the track after some pushing and shoving, appeared to have cost them gold.

But some quick-thinking by head coach Peter Eriksson and his support staff got the medal reinstated within ten minutes.


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