There's nothing like being a national champion at 16 years of age.
You will remember when, at the Telstra A Series meeting here in Canberra earlier this year, you saw Lauren Boden run a magnificent 400 hurdles race to break 60 seconds for the first time and to be beaten down the straight by Victoria's Lauren Jauncey.
Well, in the Melbourne A Series meet on 17 February she ran second again to Lauren Jauncey, this time in a new pb of 59.19 seconds.
And next, this weekend she has been down in Sydney competing in her first open Australian Championships. The rivalry with Lauren Jauncey continued. On Saturday they both won their heats; Lauren Boden's time was 59.73, her third run in succession under 60 seconds.
Then in her final on Sunday, Lauren Boden pulled out the big one, clocking a magnificent 58.59 to win the gold medal and turn the tables on her rival.
I see Lauren demonstrating so much common sense in her training, and she always appears to be completely self assured. She is a credit to her parents; it is a privilege to know Lauren and to be able to follow her career from close range; it is great to have her parents running with our training group as well!
Well done Lauren, and enjoy the good times!
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