Lauren Boden breaks into world class 55 second 400m Hurdles range at Sydney Track Classic
In what was one of the best nights of track and field performance in a long time in Australia Lauren Boden took advantage of the great conditions and competition to smash her personal best running 55.75. This is also a Commonwealth Games A qualifying performance and moves her to number 6 on the Australian all time list.
Lauren set up the race hard into a slight headwind down the back to gain a decisive break of seasoned athletes Tamsyn Lewis. Lauren never looked back and finished strongly to claim victory. Training partner Tarin Nevin finished 7th in 64.00.
19 year Melissa Breen also had a night to remember going within 0.01 to claim victory in the 100m over Olympic silver medalist Sally McLellan. Both girls run a B standard for the Commonwealth Games with Sally getting the victory in an extremely tight photo finish. The run showed much improvement in Breen’s start which enabled her to get into the race and keep the pressure on Sally right to the line.
Brendan Cole improved on his season best to finish second in the 400m Hurdles behind legend Jamaican Danny MacFarlane in a time of 50.46 which is another Commonwealth B qualifier. Despite some sickness in the lead up the run was impressive enough to show that he will be back under 50 seconds very soon.