The cup's half full for confident Boden

She was modelling a biomechanically-designed bra at the Australian Institute of Sport yesterday, but it's a revamped stride pattern that Canberra's Lauren Boden hopes will take her all the way to the London Olympics.

The sports garment unveiled yesterday is the latest development in a 10-year relationship between Berlei and the AIS biomechanics department. It may well be designed using a complex three-dimensional Vicon Motion Analysis System, but the simple aim is comfort.

The cup's half full for confident Boden
The cup's half full for confident Boden 

And coming off her recent victory over rival Jana Pittman, Boden said she was also getting comfortable with a new hurdling style that she says can earn her an Olympic qualifying time.

Boden ran 56.14secs for the 400m hurdles in Newcastle on the weekend, taking half a second off her opening season run.

The Olympic A-qualifying time is 55.5sec.

''I tried a new stride pattern in Newcastle which worked so it is nice that my coach, Matt Beckenham and myself have been able to work out a different stride pattern for the different conditions,'' Boden said.

''Fortunately it worked well as my time was quicker than my first [run of the season]. If I can keep going with that this season I will be heading to London.

''I am hoping that with the great flat speed I have going at the moment and some extra fitness I will be definitely be able to get that [Olympic qualifying] time soon.''

Boden intends to consolidate with some training in Canberra before consecutive meets at Hobart, Perth and Sydney beginning February 4.