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PROTRACK » GENERAL » 2014 ACT Championships RESULTS - Feb 7th to 9th 2014 - Aussie Record to Mel Breen

2014 ACT Championships RESULTS - Feb 7th to 9th 2014 - Aussie Record to Mel Breen

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Women's 100m Open Heats
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   Name                    Year Team                   Prelims  Wind H#
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Preliminaries                                                          
 1 Breen, Melissa               Woden Harriers           11.11Q  1.9  1 Australian Record
 2 Pearson, Sally               Queensland               11.24Q  2.3  2
 3 Whittaker, Ashleigh          Victoria                 11.53Q  2.3  2
 4 Brennan, Monica              Victoria                 11.85Q  1.9  1
 5 Schuermann, Maren            New South Wales          12.17q  2.3  2
 6 Gill, Rasvinder              New South Wales          12.29q  1.9  1
 6 Hughes, Natasha              New South Wales          12.29q  2.3  2
 8 McIlrick, Amy                North Canberra           12.64q  2.3  2
 9 James, Sarah                 New South Wales          12.76q  1.9  1
10 Gates, Christine             Woden Harriers           13.46q  2.3  2
11 Hanner, Doreen               South Canberra           14.22   1.9  1
12 Elkington       (37), Jo     Victoria                 15.23   1.9  1


Women's Open 100m FINAL
Wind:  +1.8
1 Breen, Melissa               Woden Harriers           11.15
 2 Pearson, Sally               Queensland               11.27
 3 Brennan, Monica              Victoria                 11.82
 4 Schuermann, Maren            New South Wales          12.23  
 5 Gill, Rasvinder              New South Wales          12.29
 6 Hughes, Natasha              New South Wales          12.42
 7 James, Sarah                 New South Wales          12.73



Men's 100m Heats
1 Merlino, Justin              New South Wales          10.59Q  1.3  3
 2 Hammond, Jake                New South Wales          10.66Q  0.9  1
 3 Greig, Simon                 Victoria                 10.67Q  0.2  2
 3 Andreazza, Stephen           New South Wales         J11.05q  1.3  3
 4 Bertacco, Matthew            Victoria                 10.67Q  0.9  1
 4 Lynch, Jake                  New South Wales         J11.05q  1.3  3
 5 Jung, Jin Su                 New South Wales          10.88Q  0.2  2
 6 Farlow, Adam                 Athletics Act            11.03Q  1.3  3
 7 Wainwright, Rod              New South Wales          10.97q  0.9  1
 8 Malpass, Andrew              New South Wales          11.04q  0.2  2
11 Riddell, Thomas              New South Wales          11.22   0.2  2
11 Parker, Russell              New South Wales          11.22   0.9  1
13 Perris          (13), Ch     Western Australia        11.41   0.2  2
14 Tsoi, Brendan                New South Wales          11.68   0.9  1
15 Clark, Brandon               Tasmania                 11.95   0.2  2
16 Bromilow        (20), Ju     Junior Talent Squad      12.70   0.9  1
17 Scott           (37), Br     Western Australia        12.72   1.3  3
18 Yamamoto        (42), At     International            12.84   1.3  3
19 Yates, Scott                 Weston Creek             13.22   0.2  2
20 Whittington     (44), Na     New South Wales          13.33   0.9  1


Men's 100m Open FINAL
Wind: +2.5
1 Bertacco, Matthew            Victoria                 10.42  
 2 Jung, Jin Su                 New South Wales          10.45  
 3 Hammond, Jake                New South Wales          10.49
 4 Greig, Simon                 Victoria                 10.50  
 5 Farlow, Adam                 Athletics Act            10.90
 6 Malpass, Andrew              New South Wales         J10.90
 7 Wainwright, Rod              New South Wales          10.91  
 8 Lynch, Jake                  New South Wales          10.93  
 9 Merlino, Justin              New South Wales          12.38



Women's 200m FINAL
Wind: +0.9
1 Nelson, Ella                 New South Wales          23.33
 2 Rubie, Anneliese             New South Wales          23.65
 3 Whittaker, Ashleigh          Victoria                 23.69
 4 Brennan, Monica              Victoria                 23.93
 5 Whiteside, Leigh             New South Wales          25.22
 6 Hughes, Natasha              New South Wales          25.62
 7 Carnegie, Rachael            North Canberra           25.81
 8 James, Sarah                 New South Wales          26.35



Men's 200m Qualifiers
1 Hammond, Jake                New South Wales          21.07q  0.2  2
 2 Offereins, Ben               Western Australia        21.32q  0.2  2
 3 Baillieu, Chris              Victoria                 21.66q  0.2  2
 4 Farlow, Adam                 Athletics Act            21.94q  1.9  1
 5 Wainwright, Rod              New South Wales          22.02q  1.9  1
 6 Tassell, Joshua              New South Wales          22.15q  0.2  2
 7 Wurm, Ollie                  Queanbeyan               22.54q  1.9  1
 8 Hobson, Thomas               Athletics Act            22.58q  1.9  1


Men's 200m FINAL
Wind: +0.5
1 Hammond, Jake                New South Wales          21.30
 2 Offereins, Ben               Western Australia        21.54
 3 Tassell, Joshua              New South Wales          21.71
 4 Farlow, Adam                 Athletics Act            21.93
 5 Hobson, Thomas               Athletics Act            22.28
 6 Wainwright, Rod              New South Wales          22.40
 7 Wurm, Ollie                  Queanbeyan               22.98
-- Baillieu, Chris              Victoria                    DQ  



Women 400 Metre Sprint Open
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   Name                    Year Team                   Prelims  H#
===================================================================
Preliminaries                                                    
 1 Rubie, Anneliese             New South Wales          52.93q  2
 2 Sargent, Caitlin             Queensland               53.33q  1
 3 Gulli, Jess                  Victoria                 53.79q  2
 4 Wells, Lauren                North Canberra           54.38q  1
 5 Bartholomew, Alexandra       New South Wales          55.82q  2
 6 Whiteside, Leigh             New South Wales          57.24q  1
 7 Hunt, Emma                   New South Wales          57.56q  2
 8 O'Carroll, Tia               New South Wales          58.13q  2
 9 Carnegie, Rachael            North Canberra           58.79   1


Women's 400m FINAL
1 Sargent, Caitlin             Queensland               53.16
 2 Wells, Lauren                North Canberra           54.21
 3 Bartholomew, Alexandra       New South Wales          55.61
 4 Whiteside, Leigh             New South Wales          57.21
 5 Hunt, Emma                   New South Wales          57.61
 6 O'Carroll, Tia               New South Wales          58.14



Men's 400m Qualifiers
1 Thomas, Tristan              Tasmania                 46.63q  1
 2 Mulcahy, Kurt                New South Wales          47.31q  1
 3 McNamara, William            New South Wales          47.52q  2
 4 Baillieu, Chris              Victoria                 48.03q  1
 5 Lawson-Matthew, Deluca       New South Wales          48.59q  1
 6 Milburn, Joel                New South Wales          49.69q  2
 7 Hobson, Thomas               Athletics Act            49.83q  2
 8 Tassell, Joshua              New South Wales          50.37q  1
 9 Wurm, Ollie                  Queanbeyan               50.70   1
10 Johnson, Joshua              New South Wales          50.98   2
11 Harding         (13), Sa     Western Australia        52.53   1
12 Hobson, Henry                Athletics Act            53.57   2
13 Scott           (37), Br     Western Australia        54.23   2
14 Yates, Scott                 Weston Creek             59.37   1
-- Horenko, Lewis               New South Wales            DNF   2


Men's 400m FINAL
1 Mulcahy, Kurt                New South Wales          47.43
 2 McNamara, William            New South Wales          47.54
 3 Milburn, Joel                New South Wales          47.85
 4 Lawson-Matthew, Deluca       New South Wales          48.94
 5 Hobson, Thomas               Athletics Act            49.97
 6 Harding         (13), Sa     Western Australia        53.02
 7 Scott           (37), Br     Western Australia        56.46
 8 Yates, Scott                 Weston Creek           1:02.20

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http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/melissa-breen-sets-australian-sprint-record-20140209-329iw.html#ixzz2sslHnrFH

Melissa Breen sets Australian sprint record

By Lee Gaskin
Canberra Times
February 9, 2014




She was written off as a worthwhile investment by her own sporting body, but Melissa Breen's stocks are rising as the fastest woman in Australian history.

The Canberra sprinter rewrote the record books with an incredible run of 11.11 seconds in the heats of the women's 100 metres at the ACT championships on Sunday.

It was the fastest time by an Australian woman in 20 years, beating the mark of Melinda Gainsford-Taylor of 11.12 seconds, set in 1994.

Barely two hours later, Breen backed up her performance with an equally impressive showing in the final, stopping the clock in 11.15 seconds to beat London Olympic Games gold medallist Sally Pearson (11.27 seconds) for the first time in 30 meetings between them.

The 23-year-old achieved her success despite losing her funding from Athletics Australia late last year as part of a new funding arrangement.

Athletics Australia deemed it was not realistic that Breen could make a final of an Olympic Games or a world championship in the next four years.

''When that decision came to fruition, I didn't train for a week,'' Breen said. ''It messed with me massively. For your own federation to give you little faith, it made me question everything. It did harden me up and sometimes it's fun to prove people wrong.''

Athletics Australia will review its contracting system after the national championships in April.

Breen is hopeful of being added to the list, but knows she will have to continue to keep exceeding expectations to make that happen.

She now has two A-qualifiers for this year's Commonwealth Games and will be aiming for the national titles in April.

Getting under the elusive 11-second barrier is the next milestone on her radar.

Breen made the most of the newly-installed AIS Athletics Track surface and perfect sprinting conditions to wipe 14-hundredths of a second from her personal best time, set in March last year.

With an ideal +1.9 metre/second tailwind at her back and temperatures in the low 30s, Breen relied on the crowd to let her know of her massive achievement.

''I didn't see the time because I ran straight through but I could hear the crowd going crazy,'' Breen said.

''It was very emotional and the tears show how much sacrifice and dedication it took to get that.

''I'm the fastest Australian ever. That's just insane.''

Poor performances in major competitions played a part in Breen being overlooked.

She overhauled her technique with coach Matt Beckenham after bowing out in the heats of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Breen also struggled at the London Olympics in 2012 and competed at last year's world championships despite having a liver and kidney infection.

''I buckled under the pressure and didn't perform very well there [at the Commonwealth Games],'' Breen said.

''After 2010 Matt broke me down, and looking at the footage back then I can't believe he didn't walk away. I was awful technically - I don't know how he kept the faith.

''To give him the Australian record is just amazing.''

A phone call to former Australian sprinter Matt Shirvington calmed her nerves before she faced Pearson in the final.

''It was playing on my mind all week, competing against Sally,'' Breen said.

''Matt just told me to nail my start and don't panic if Sal gets away because she's an amazing starter.

''She's an amazing athlete. I'm absolutely pumped.''

Breen will travel to Perth on Wednesday in preparation for a meeting in Western Australia starting on Friday.

It was Pearson's first competition this season as she starts her build up to defending her 60 metres hurdles title at the world indoor championships in Poland next month.



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http://www.smh.com.au/sport/athletics/melissa-breen-breaks-20yearold-australian-100m-record-20140209-329lm.html#ixzz2sslt3cpI

Melissa Breen breaks 20-year-old Australian 100m record

By David Barbeler
Sydney Morning Herald
February 9, 2014


New record-holder Melissa Breen. Photo: Melissa Adams

Moments after becoming the Australia's fastest-ever woman, Melissa Breen tongue-in-cheek thanked Athletics Australia for cutting her funding and "hardening her up".

The 23-year-old Breen broke Melinda Gainsford-Taylor's 20-year-old national 100m record when she clocked 11.11 seconds in her heat at the ACT championships in Canberra on Sunday.

Gainsford-Taylor tweeted her congratulations soon after news broke of that Breen had bettered her by one hundredth of a second.

"Congratulations Mel for breaking the record. I am really proud of you," she wrote.

Breen then capped off a banner day before hometown supporters at the AIS track by beating Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson to win the final, clocking 11.15 to runner-up Pearson's 11.27.

It was the first time Breen had beaten Pearson in 30 head to head clashes.

Her two times were a huge improvement on the personal best of 11.25 that she set last March.

"I just smashed it," she said.

"I'm the fastest Australian ever, that's just insane.

"I'm so proud to do it on my home track in front of my friends and family."

Breen's road to national record holder has been a rocky one.

Athletics Australia last year cut her funding after deeming she hadn't shown enough improvement to suggest she'd make the final at either the next two world championships or the 2016 Olympic Games.

"When that decision came to fruition I honestly didn't train for a week, it messed with me massively," said Breen.

"For your own federation to give you so little faith, it made me question everything. But it did harden me up, and sometimes it's fun to prove people wrong."

Breen said she "absolutely" believes she can break the 11-second barrier by the year's end, and hopes her continued improvement will sway Athletics Australia to send funding back her way.

"Running under 11 seconds is more than possible in the next year, it's obviously very early in the season," Breen said.

"I hope they change their decision, but if they don't it's their loss.

"But right now, I'm not focused on (the funding), it's just about seeing everyone that's come to support me."

Breen and Pearson were neck and neck at the 50m mark before the new Australian record holder edged out in front.

"I was actually more nervous for the heat, because when I got to the final I was like 'I'm the Australian record holder, I've got this'," she said.

"I just can't wait to have a little dance to myself and just scream. I'm immensely happy."

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After a very busy weekend at Ballarat, I can finally get some breathing space.

Well the talk of the Ballarat Gift meet (of subjects not related to what has happening at Ballarat) was Mel Breen's brilliant Australian record. When the news came through, there was a lot of very happy people at Ballarat who have all enjoyed Mel's support of the pro-running circuit.

A BIG congratulations to Melissa Breen, her coach and support crew for an outstanding heat & final of the 100m at the ACT Championships.

I felt the superbly well managed race schedule Melissa had leading into the event, was going to have her race hardened enough to run quick. But like many I was surprised she went so far inside her PB. I thought she could beat Pearson, but not take the Australian record as well.

11.11 and 11.15 - world class in anyone's language.

A feather in the cap of Matt Beckenham who continues to set the standard for track coaches around the country.

On behalf of everyone at ProTrack - well done to Mel & Matt, well deserved.


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From AA's Website

Breen breaks Australian record

Sunday, 9 February 2014 | Athletics Australia

19-year-old mark broken in Canberra

Melissa Breen (ACT) is the new Australian 100m record holder after clocking 11.11 (w: +1.9) to blitz the field in her women's 100m heat at the ACT Athletics Championships this morning.

Eclipsing the previous national mark of Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, the performance also smashes Breen’s personal best by 0.14 seconds and ranks her within the top-eight women in the Commonwealth based on 2013 performances.

Returning to the track for the final in the early afternoon, Breen, who is coached my Matt Beckenham, edged out the Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson (Qld, second, 11.27, CG-A) to win in 11.15 (w: +1.Cool. It is her first ever victory over Pearson in the short sprint from 30 starts.

“I felt awesome coming into this weekend, and I was excited about having the chance to run against Sally at home. We got here this morning, and the weather was perfect with favourable winds and that pumped me up a lot. I was pretty nervous before my heat, I just really wanted to execute the race well,” Breen said.

“When I crossed the line the crowd got really loud and I didn’t know what was happening. They called it as 11.08 and I wasn’t sure how it would come back after it became official but when they announced the 11.11 I just didn’t know what to do. Matty B came over, and so did some friends and family, and it was just awesome.

“It is unbelievable to break Mel GT’s record. To do it here at my home track in front of family and friends was so amazing, and I couldn’t be happier with running a time like that after a lot of hard work. To edge out Sally is just a bonus. She’s an amazing athlete, she’s an Olympic champion, and now I can say that I have won against her after racing her since I was a junior.

“It has been a long term process to get here. It’s been about rebuilding to now. Today was a big test for her,” Beckenham said.

“As a coach, I don't know what the best result is - the Australian record which is awesome, or beating the Olympic champion in Sally who has always been first when they’ve raced previously. Both outcomes are a sign that she is continuing to strengthen as an athlete, and that she is becoming more capable of progressing through the rounds at a major championship.

Excited by Breen’s run, Gainsford-Taylor, who has held the record since 1994, was quick to offer praise to the newly crowned fastest ever Australian woman.

“This is really exciting for Mel. I am so proud of her,” Gainsford-Taylor said.

“She has come into this season in great shape, and only yesterday I was chatting with the Canberra Times saying that she looked in the kind of form that might challenge the time. I thought that her and Sally racing each other would really step things up a bit, but in the end she ran the time in the heat which is fantastic.

“I am really, really happy for her. It’s great for her personally, but also for her coach Matty B, Australian sprinting, the sport of athletics as a whole and a new generation of athletes looking for someone to aspire too. The record has stood for 19 years so it was time for it to fall and Mel has done it.”

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No funding for Melissa Breen after setting sprint record

By Chris Dutton
Canberra Times
February 10, 2014


Australian sprinting great Melinda Gainsford-Taylor admits ''it's sad'' the sport doesn't have enough money to fund new national 100 metres record holder Melissa Breen.

Athletics Australia will spruik Breen as a future star at a press conference on Monday despite overlooking the Canberra sprinter last year in its new athlete funding model.

Breen broke Gainsford-Taylor's 20-year 100 metre record on Sunday, setting a new mark of 11.11 seconds with a scorching run at the ACT championships.

But while the Olympian's career is on the rise, Athletics Australia opted not to give her any financial backing.

''It's sad that our sport hasn't got enough money and funds to help people like [Breen],'' Gainsford-Taylor said.

''I just hope this creates attention that Mel can get the sponsorship as well so she can reach her potential.

''You see so much money in other sports, it would be nice for Mel to get that help as well.

''You always need financial help, it's as simple as that. It is a shame, to get the funding you have to get the medals but to get the medals you need the funding.

''But you don't want that to take away from her performance and how well she's done.''

Breen's new Australian record time of 11.11 seconds would have earned her a spot in the semi-finals at the Olympic Games in London two years ago and the world championship semi-finals last year.

Breen lost out in an overhaul of sport and athlete funding in Australia last year.

Athletics Australia deemed it was not realistic the 23-year-old could make the final of an Olympic Games or a world championships in the next four years.

Breen made her Olympic debut at London two years ago.

Athletics Australia will review its contracting system after the national championships in April.

Breen has already run two Commonwealth Games A-qualifying times this year, but admitted losing her funding ''messed with me massively''.

''When that decision came to fruition, I didn't train for a week,'' Breen said.

''It messed with me massively. For your own federation to give you little faith, it made me question everything. It did harden me up and sometimes it's fun to prove people wrong.''

Breen has recovered and sent a message to national selectors in the best possible way.

Breen (11.11 seconds) beat Gainsford-Taylor's Australian record mark of 11.12 seconds which was set in 1994.

There were times Gainsford-Taylor, who is an Australian selector, thought her record would never be broken with the lack of female Australian sprinters.

But now she is backing Breen to break the 11 second barrier.

''I am so happy for Mel. I wasn't surprised because she has been showing such great form,'' Gainsford-Taylor said.

''Obviously you love to have your own record, but I wanted it to be broken.

''I didn't know it would take this long. But it's exciting now, everyone's chatting about it and it's just what the sport needs.

''I was one of the selectors who picked her [as a discretionary selection] for the Olympics, it was based on potential. I could see she had talent. She can only improve.''

Breen will compete in Perth this weekend as she continues her preparation for the Australian titles.

''It was very emotional and the tears show how much sacrifice and dedication it took to get that,'' Breen said.

''I'm the fastest Australian ever. That's just insane.''

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Inside Athletics have posted the following comment on its twitter account.




Followed up by Tim McGrath on facebook. (administrator of the Inside Athletics website)
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"I still don't understand why the CEO, HP Director or Head Coach didn't make a congratulatory call. This is basic stuff, let alone from a group of people whose collective salaries would be ~$500k. A worrying insight into the culture of AA on a day when we should all be celebrating."


I find it hard to believe the head coach or HP manager wasn't on the phone at the first available opportunity.

If that is true, someone needs to be held accountable. It's unforgiveable.

Let's hope it's just a miscommunication.......

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Good story on the ABC News.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-09/canberras-melissa-breen-sets-new-sprint-record/5248312?section=act

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Melissa Breen interviewed on SEN's Morning Glory program.

Dallas O'Brien AA CEO speaks later in the day on SEN.

Also Kevin Bartlett offers his opinion in KB's Take.

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