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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.

Vic athletes head to the capital in strong numbers

Old Melburnians Sam Baines and Nunawading jumper Brooke Stratton headline a strong Victorian contingent heading to the 2014 ACT Track and Field Championships this weekend in the nation’s capital.

Baines signalled his return at last weekend’s High Velocity meet in Melbourne, stopping the clock at 13.84 seconds in the 110m hurdles to record an Australian Commonwealth Games ‘B’ standard.

The 110 metre hurdles Commonwealth Youth record holder after a lengthy lay off due to injury will compete in the men’s 110m hurdles and 200 metres on the recently resurfaced Canberra track.

Stratton indicated after last Saturdays Briggs Athletics Classic in Hobart that work had to be done on her run up, but, a distance of 6.30 metres in the women’s long jump was enough to record a Australian Commonwealth Games ‘B’ standard.

It will be a family affair for the Stratton’s with siblings Jamie and Kristy also competing in the long jump at the AIS complex in Canberra.

Stratton will have strong competition from local Jessica Penney and New South Wales jumpers Maren Schuermann and Talissa Scott.

2012 world junior representative’s Monica Brennan and Ashleigh Whittaker will mix it with Australia’s fastest women, 2012 Olympic champion Sally Pearson and Canberra’s queen of sprint Melissa Breen in the 100 metres event, a prelude to the national championships in Melbourne this April.


On the same track Breen recorded a Commonwealth Games ‘A’ standard of 11.32 seconds last month in the rain and with temperatures expected to reach 38 degrees in Canberra on Sunday there is every chance of Commonwealth Games and world junior qualifiers.

A team of 15 athletes will represent the Big V in Canberra, with a mix of track and field stars ready to fine tune before a busy calendar of junior and open national events in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Victorian athletes:
Chris Baillieu – 200m & 400m
Sam Baines – 110mH & 200m
Matthew Bertacco – 100m & 200m
Monica Brennan – 100m & 200m
Frank Brisvac – Triple Jump
Jodi Elkington – Long Jump & 100m
Simon Greig – 100m
Jess Gulli – 400m
Emma Knight – Triple Jump
Adam Rabone – Long Jump & 100m
Brooke Stratton – Long Jump
Jamie Stratton – Long Jump
Kristy Stratton – Long Jump
Laura Whaler – 100m & 400m
Ashleigh Whittaker – 100m & 200m

Click here for entry lists and event information for the 2014 AACT Track and Field Championships.

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