Shelayna Oskan-Clarke finally believes she belongs on the world stage.

Hillingdon's Oskan-Clarke kept her cool in the supercharged atmosphere of the London Stadium to progress to the 800m semi-finals at the IAAF World Championships.

With only the top three qualifying from each heat, she paced the leaders and kicked down the straight to clock 2:01.30, meaning she progresses as the 14th quickest qualifier.

Oskan-Clarke, 27, will be joined in the next round by British team-mates Lynsey Sharp and Adelle Tracey, as well as Olympic champion Caster Semenya, but Maryna Arzamasova, Belarus' defending world champion, is out.

"When I first came to a major championships it was about experience and learning lessons and improving but now I'm looking at things differently," she said.

"I've done a few of these now and it's about getting into the final and getting yourself into contention.

"It was a bit of a scrappy race, I didn't get myself into a very good position but I did enough to get me into that semi-final.

"To have the crowd support and everyone in there willing you on, is just a great opportunity and I just want to do my country proud.”

Oskan-Clarke was fifth in the world final two years ago - setting a personal best in the process - and has won the last two national titles over the two lap distance.

But she finished tenth in the semi-finals of last year's Olympics in Rio, before rebounding to claim a first major medal - a silver at this year's European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

"I think I'm fitter than I've ever been before, there's been a few niggles but nothing unusual," she added.

"I've put all the work in and the things I need to work on now are mental rather than physical.

"I just need to be more confident. In the past couple of months I have realised that I can be too critical and I'm really trying to work on my critical voice."

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