The interesting part is the fact Boden broke through the 48s barrier for the first time. It is only the 6th time in the last 10 years that a South Australian 400m runner has broken through the 48s barrier and James is the first to do it since Duncan Tippins smashed his PB of 48.20 with a time of 47.28 in April 2006.
That's nearly 5 years since we've had a new entrant into the sub 48sec range.
Dec 2001 Keith Sheehy 47.82
Dec 2003 Chris Burckhardt 47.91
Dec 2005 Alex Bubner 47.83
Jan 2006 Clay Watkins 47.80 (21/01/2006)
Apr 2006 Duncan Tippins 47.28
Feb 2011 James Boden 47.97
Before Sheehy, the previous athlete to break through 48s was Mark Ormrod in December 1999 - so that is still only 7 in 12 years.
Just goes to show that while Australia has a fantastic history of producing quality 400m runners, at the state level in SA, just getting below 48sec is still no mean feat.
PS: Steve Landers was a former Victorian athlete before moving to SA in 2006 and had previously broken 48s in Victoria.
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