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Relay team aims for world championships - but how?

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News might be a bit dated, but given Melissa Breen's brilliant World Champs A qualifier in Sydney, it might be worth talking about. Sharon is 100% right that the team should be capable of running 44.00s easliy. Given the talent around at the moment, they would smash it......if given the opportunity. Problem is where do they get the chance? AA has inexplicably not scheduled any relays to date on the Track series programs. And once again the nationals will be held with no relays. AA's treatment of relays and lack of opportunities for relay athletes to hone their skills is a massive concern.

There should be relays on most of the programs and there definitely should be relays at the nationals. Why these have never been resurrected is a mystery.

Relay team aims for world championships

By Emma Greenwood
Gold Coast Bulletin
February 19, 2013

COACHING guru Sharon Hannan believes Australia's maligned female sprint relay has the potential to reach the world championship final.

Despite failing to qualify for last year's Olympics, national sprint relay coach Hannan is confident they have the perfect base for an elite team with flyers Sally Pearson and Melissa Breen in top form.

The women will try to better the world championship-qualifying standard of 44sec at the Queensland Track Classic in Brisbane next month.

It's a time Hannan believes the team can "do on their ear".

Yet to run over 100m this season, Pearson ran a smart 23.51sec over 200m into a headwind in Brisbane at the weekend.

She will make her National Athletics Series debut in Sydney on March 9 and will concentrate on the sprints during the domestic events, leaving the hurdles until the international season.

With Breen, 22, also focused solely on the sprints -- she picked up the sprint double at the Adelaide Track Classic on Saturday, winning the 100m in 11.59sec into a headwind and posting 23.52sec for the 200m with a tailwind -- she and Pearson are primed to help a new relay combination jell.

Former national junior representatives Monica Brennan, Margaret Gayen and Ashleigh Whittaker have the chance to break into the senior ranks.

Former world youth championship 200m finalist Brennan is being eyed as a bend runner, and Whittaker has posted an 11.59sec run this season to put herself in the frame.

To qualify for the world championships only an IAAF mark in needed.

"We need a time of 44(sec) flat. We should be able to do that on our ear," Hannan said.

"With Sally (Pearson) and (Melissa) Breen and a couple of 11.7sec runners, we should be able to do it."

But simply qualifying is not all Hannan has in mind.

"I'm sure we're capable of making top eight," she said.

"Two of (the younger girls) have already run 11.6sec, so that's all we need."

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