On a cold summers night in Canberra national 400m Hurdles champions Brendan Cole and Lauren Boden have run outstanding flat 400m’s to signal that their winter training block has been on the mark.
30 year old Cole crossed the line in a new personal best of 47.44 to beat fellow training partners Tom Burbidge (48.31) and new man to the squad Ollie Wurm who ran his fastest time in several years with his opening run of 48.60. Luke Storta was 4th in a season’s best of 50.60.
Boden wasn’t to be out done by the boys crossing the line in the fastest time she has ever run in Australia with 53.47. It was a much more controlled race by Boden who was then able to finish off strong in the final stages.
In other results Brendan Matthews and Melissa Breen had to do with far from ideal sprinting conditions in their 100m races. A minus reading of 3.6 and 0.6 lead to times of 11.36 and 11.91 respectively. Despite the times there were quite a few comments made about the improved technique of both runners. Breen in particular showed great form in the final 50m after making some technical errors out of the blocks hurting her drive and top end speed.
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