Coach: Matthew Beckenham
Occupation: Athlete, teacherEvent: 400m Hurdles, Long Jump, 4 x 400m Relay
Lauren Wells had a busy international career as a teenager. At the 2005 World Youth Championships, she won silver in the 400m hurdles and competed in the long jump. In a big 2006, she competed at the Commonwealth Games, World Cup and World Juniors.
In 2007, she ran the 400m hurdles and competed in the long jump at the World University Games. She was also competing in the heptathlon and had an impressive long jump personal best of 6.40m, but after this, the 400m hurdles became the focus.
After a fourth at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, from 2011 to 2017 she compiled a very consistent semi-final result at the six consecutive global championships - two Olympics and four world championships. Her fastest time amongst those races was her heat time of 55.37 at the Daegu World Championships. Two years later, in 2015 in Beijing, was her highest semi-final place with fourth. In London at the 2017 World Championships, she also ran on the 4x400m relay team.
Preparing for the 2017/18 summer leading into the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Lauren competed in the long jump where she leapt a B standard and broke her 10-year-old PB with a distance of 6.44m,
later improving to 6.52m. Over the hurdles she clocked her best time for nearly two years. At the national championships she won her 11th national hurdles title and surprised with bronze in the long jump, her first medal in the event since silver in 2007. She was selected in both events for her fourth Commonwealth Games team.
Her personal best of 55.08 is the third fastest Australian in history behind Flintoff-King and Pittman.
The Canberra-born athlete says the most influential person in her career is her coach Matt Beckenham, who she has been working with since 2002.
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