Athletics: Eilidh Child eyes Moscow finals

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EILIDH CHILD insists she has never felt in better shape 
after she cruised through to the semi-finals of the 400 metres hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

The 26-year-old Scot finished second in her heat in a time of 55.17 seconds behind USA 
National Champion Dalilah Muhammad.

The Pitreavie athlete, who claimed silver behind her compatriot Perri Shakes-Drayton in the 400m at the European Indoor Champion, is already targeting a place in her first major championships final. To do that, though, Child, who this year has twice broken the Scottish national record, knows she will have to be up around her personal best of 54.22sec.

“This is the fittest I have ever been going into a championships like this so I’m hoping I can just go out there and make the final,” she said. “Getting into the final is what I really want to do. After the semi-final at London 2012 that is the next step for me.

“So I will need to run it like it’s my final, give it everything I’ve got and if I can run close to my PB – maybe even faster – then in the past that has been enough and hopefully it will be again. If I execute my race right, run as fast as I have been, then I will be in with a good shout. That heat was all right, but I’m just glad to get it out the way.”

Child was part of a British trio of 400m hurdlers that all qualified for the semi-finals as Shakes-Drayton and Meghan Beesley both cruised through their respective heats.

Christine Ohuruogu was last night able to rest easy for the first time in weeks after breaking the long-standing British 400m record en route to World Championship glory.

When Kathy Cook ran 49.43sec in August 1984, few could have predicted it taking 29 years for a Briton to run quicker. Last night Ohuruogu did just that, surging down the home straight to pip favourite Amantle Montsho by dipping on the line by a mere four thousands of a second to secure a second world crown in a time of 49.41sec.

“I am one of the old girls now,” Ohuruogu, 29, said. “I knew it must be about experience and holding my nerve.”

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