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Lauren Boden disappointed with Stawell loss

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1 Lauren Boden disappointed with Stawell loss on Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:18 am

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http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/sport/athletics/boden-sets-her-sights-on-london/2145271.aspx

Boden sets her sights on London
BY DAVID POLKINGHORNE
Canberra Times
27 Apr, 2011


Commonwealth Games 400m hurdler Lauren Boden wasn't happy with her second place in the Women's Gift at Stawell yesterday.

Boden put in a barnstorming finish but it wasn't enough to overrun winner Melissa Howard, from Queensland, whose mark was 9.5m.

While happy with her handicap of 3.75m, it proved about m too much for Boden as she came heart-breakingly short of victory.

''It doesn't matter if it's pro running or amateurs, you're always running to win,'' the Canberra runner said.

''[It's] a little bit frustrating seeing as I was the fastest qualifier through the semis but I suppose that's just the way it goes.''

Not normally a 120m sprinter, she said her final was a better run than her heat but she was ''really happy'' with her effort in the semi.

On the back of that showing, many tipped Boden as the one to beat in the final.

''That's the beauty of pro running you still don't know who's going to win regardless of who's the favourite,'' she said.

''I had a solid hit-out in the four [400m] on Saturday and I've had three really strong runs over the 120 so it shows I'm still in really good shape.

''And that's good to know heading into Japan on the weekend.''

With her races in Stawell now run, Boden's focus turns to London 2012 as she attempts to qualify for the Olympic Games.

She will compete in Shizuoka and Kawasaki on May 3 and 8 respectively in an attempt to record an A-qualifying time which, along with her national title, would earn her a ticket to London.

''I've had some pretty tough conditions this season and not a lot of competition,'' Boden said.

''The tracks over there are really fast and the Japanese girls are pretty fast as well.

''I think that if I just concentrate on having a really good run, getting all my strides right, then the times will come.

''Last year I surprised myself with how fast I ran over there hopefully it will be the same this year.''

Boden easily won most of her races in the Australian Athletics Tour, with her only defeat coming when Jana Pittman competed in the Tour final in Perth.


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