Perri Shakes-Drayton aims to improve after Olympic frustration
London runner Perri Shakes-Drayton is determined to return stronger after disappointment at the Olympics.
The 23-year-old missed out on a place in the 400m hurdles final after finishing third in her semi-final heat.
"I didn't get to prove [myself] or show what I'm capable of doing," she told BBC London 94.9.
"I've got to remind myself that I'm a talented athlete. I've got it, it's just at the right time I need to deliver and produce it."
She added: "Yes I'm being hard on myself, but that's how most world-class level athletes are."
Shakes-Drayton had been in fine form ahead of London 2012, running a personal best to take victory in the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace last month.
The east Londoner thought she had a place in the Olympic final after the Czech Republic's Denisa Rosolova was thrown out of the competition for running out of her lane.
"I thought I was in good shape but things happen and it didn't go my way," she said.
"It did hurt but nothing can be done and I have to deal with it.
"I just can't let it get to me too much. If anything, it's made me stronger and I want it even more.
"The years go on and hopefully I will redeem myself."
Shakes-Drayton, who represents Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets, is now turning her sights to a strong performance at next year's World Championships in Moscow.
"You've got to take things step-by-step," she continued.
"Next year I want to be running quicker. Everyone's talking about Rio de Janeiro [Olympic hosts in 2016] but there's loads of things before that so I won't be getting ahead of myself.
"I need to make sure that each year goes right and each year you have a good winter.
"I need to bounce back and be ready for the long process. I have to have patience and stay level-headed.
"I've got a hunger to go out in my next competition at the World Championships and do something there."