Record breaking Breen, De Bruin secures second world junior standard

2012 London Olympian Melissa Breen is Australia’s fastest women ever after clocking 11.11 seconds in her 100m heat at this weekend’s ACT Athletics Championships.

23-year-old Breen clipped .01 seconds off Melinda Gainsford-Taylor’s 19-year-old Australian record before defeating Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson in the final.

Together at the 50 metres mark Breen (11.15) found an extra gear to record her first victory against Person (11.27) and declared running under 11 seconds is realistic.
“Running under 11 seconds is more than possible in the next year, it's obviously very early in the season,” Breen said.

Diamond Valley up and coming sprinter Monica Brennan mixed it with Australia’s best, rounding out the podium with a time of 11.82 seconds.

On day two of the New South Wales junior championships Casey Cardinia hurdler Matthew De Bruin recorded a personal best of 13.93 seconds in the under 20 110m hurdles to finish third behind locals Harrison Andrews (13.77) and Ivor Matcalf (13.82), with all three recording world junior standards.

De Bruin’s time was his second world junior qualifying standard after recording a time of 13.99 seconds at a High Velocity meet earlier this month in Melbourne.

St Kevin’s Matthew Bertacco (10.42) did enough in a tight finishing 100m final at the AIS track in Canberra to win ahead of New South Wales pair Jin Su Jung (10.45) and Jake Hammond (10.49). Fellow Victorian Simon Greig finished fourth with a time of 10.50 seconds.

Deakin Athletics Jessica Gulli recorded the third fastest heat time and a personal best of 53.33 seconds in the 400m event.

Siblings Jamie and Brooke Stratton both claimed silver medals in respective long jump finals at the Canberra meet.

Jamie recorded a personal best of 7.61m in the men’s open event to finish second behind New South Wales’s Kurt Jenner who won with a distance of 7.69 metres. Old Melburnians Scott Crowe finished third with a jump of 7.20 metres.

Brooke’s jump of 6.47 metres secured her a second Commonwealth Games ‘B’ standard along with Canberra’s Jessica Penney winning jump of 6.54 metres.

Sandringham jumper Emma Knight rounded out the Victorian results in the nation’s capital collecting silver in the women’s open triple jump with a distance of 12.61 metres.

Click here for full results from the ACT Athletics Championships.