Tristan Thomas. Photo: Getty Images
Canberra's Lauren Boden ran her fourth-fastest time of 55.37 seconds to move through to the semi-finals of the women's 400 metres hurdles at the world championships in Moscow on Monday.
Boden was drawn in a tough heat, with three gun hurdlers on her inside including reigning Olympic champion Natalya Antyukh from Russia and defending world champion Lashinda Demus from the US. ''But it didn't change my race plan, I just stuck with the stride pattern that my coach Matt Beckenham and I had decided I would do,'' said Boden, who was fourth in the heat.
''It's all about execution for me and then the times come. To get through to the top 16 is pretty awesome.
Lauren Boden during the heats of the 400 metres hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Photo: Getty Images
''There's a lot more to come tomorrow in the semi.''
Fellow Canberran Tristan Thomas also advanced to the semi-finals of the men's 400 metres hurdles, although it was much more of a close-run thing after he was sixth in 49.80 seconds in what turned out to be the fastest of the five heats.
The semi-finals for both Boden and Thomas will be run on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Australian Dani Samuels finished 10th in the women's discus final with her best throw of 62.42 metres.
Samuels insisted she was well prepared to throw a personal best in Moscow, making the below-par effort even more disappointing.
''Everything went to plan, but I need to be able to convert that to competition,'' she said.
''I don't know how to do that at the moment and it needs to change … I am sick of being the ninth, 10th or 11th-placed athlete.''
Julian Wruck sneaked into Tuesday night's men's discus final with 62.48 metres on his final throw.