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Breen short of qualifier. Ross says sky's the limit.

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Breen falls short of qualifier

By Paul Mulvey
Sydney Morning Herald
April 14, 2012

Canberra sprinter Melissa Breen has fallen agonisingly short of automatically qualifying for the London Olympics and will now head to Japan in her relentless bid to get to the Games.

Breen ran 11.31 seconds in her 100m semi-final at the Australian championships on Saturday, 0.02 of a second outside the A qualifier for London, but in a time that would have made the semi-finals at the Beijing Olympics.

She went on to win her second national title at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne in a time of 11.42 later on Saturday night.
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Her semi-final run beat her four-year-old personal best by 0.02 of a second and Breen believes she can get her time down by that much again to get to London.

"Obviously, the A time's there - I've just got to be patient now," she said.

"I've got confidence from running a PB. I gave it everything I had tonight. It'll come when it's truly ready to come."

She has gone within 0.25 of a second of qualifying in 19 of her 22 races this year and national selectors have the discretion to pick the 21-year-old under the developing athlete provision if she can't get the A qualifier before the June 11 cut-off.

"I know that's a possibility but, to secure my spot, I know I have to run the A," she said.

She'll continue her quest at three meetings in Japan later this month and then at events at Atlanta and Claremont in the United States.

Also on Saturday, veteran Josh Ross continued his comeback to win his sixth national 100m title in a time of 10.23, which had him eyeing the Olympic qualifier of 10.18, and beyond.

"It's been a while since I've been in this shape - it's been a few years," the 31-year-old Athens Olympian said.

"I could pump out a 10.0, a 9.9 - the sky's the limit. Nothing's going to hold me back."

Tamsyn Manou won her 10th national 800m title but her time of 2:02.01 was more than two seconds outside the qualifying time which would secure her a berth at her fourth Olympics.

London-bound Benn Harradine set three championship records in the discus which he won with a throw of 63.58 metres, his fifth national title.

And Kim Mickle, also pre-selected for London, won her seventh women's javelin title with a best throw of 61.70m.

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