Boden has her disqualification overturned

The letters ”DQ” could have been the blemish on Lauren Boden’s London experience but the Canberra hurdler is determined to be one of the world’s best after she had her disqualification overturned yesterday morning.

Boden was left baffled when she walked off the track without an official time following her 400 metre hurdles semi-final at the Olympic Games.

She had finished eighth, but instead of seeing her time on the board, the 24-year-old had DQ next to her name.

It was ruled Boden had trailed the seventh hurdle. But a review after the race reinstated Boden as an eligible competitor, avoiding what would have been a sour end to her Olympic campaign despite not being in gold-medal contention.

Boden officially ended her London campaign with a 56.66 second semi-final and 23rd overall.

And she will leave London content and with an unwavering belief she can be one of the fastest hurdlers in the world at the Rio Games in four years.

”There’s a lot more to come in the next four years,” Boden said.

”I wanted a result, I know that I have finished higher than some people.

”I don’t really want a DQ against my name ever, let alone at an Olympics. What I’ve learned is that I can think on my feet out there no matter what the conditions are or how big the crowd is.”

Boden scraped into the semi-finals by 0.02s after her heat.

After being so close to being eliminated, Boden vowed to deliver a ”kamikaze” run and leave nothing on the track as she tried to push the best runners in the world.

It also prompted her to make a last-minute adjustment to her race.

Instead of having 15 steps between each hurdle, Boden decided it was time to test herself with 14 steps in a bid to go faster.

It’s something she has been working on with coach Matt Beckenham, but they were unsure whether to test the new system in a major race.

In the end Boden decided she needed to take a risk if she wanted to be any chance of progressing.

It paid off for the first half of the race as she stuck with the leaders, but cutting it down to 14 steps meant her last 100m wasn’t as strong as she had hoped. While the plan didn’t deliver success, Boden said it was the first step in her bid for success in 2016.

”I think [14 steps between hurdles] is what’s going get me the 54 seconds and the final in Rio,” Boden said.

”[The semi-final] was my second chance, it was a clean slate and I wanted to enjoy it and I was probably a bit more relaxed. The plan was to hold nothing back and I didn’t know what was going to happen. But I wasn’t going to die wondering and gave it everything I had.”

Boden was one of three Beckenham-trained athletes in London, with sprinter Melissa Breen and hurdler Brendan Cole. ”Mel already wants to go out and train again and she only raced the other day,” Beckenham said. ”I know I’ve got very determined athletes there and this experience will be great for them.”

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