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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Melissa Breen opens with 11.28s in Japan

Melissa Breen opens with 11.28s in Japan

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1 Melissa Breen opens with 11.28s in Japan on Fri May 02, 2014 1:43 pm



Melissa Breen wins in Japan

By Michael Gleeson
Sports Writer for The Age
April 29th 2014

Australian sprinter Melissa Breen ran her best times since breaking the national record when winning in Japan on Tuesday.

Breen ran 11.28 seconds, and an A-qualifying time for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, to win the final in Hiroshima at a world challenge meet. She ran 11.22 to win the heat but that was with the aid of an illegal 3.5-metre wind. In the final the wind was a legal 1.5 metres.

Breen ran 11.11 to break the Australian record in February but battled in the domestic season to get close to that mark again, coach Matt Beckenham deliberately pulling her back as he feared she would fall into the same trap as last year when she ran well early in the domestic season then suffered an injury.

''I’m very happy. I am glad the final was a legal wind and I felt like I executed it better than the heat,'' Breen said. ''I still have some things to iron out with my blocks but we have recently been playing around with some different focus areas and that will take a bit of adjusting and refinement.''

Breen will next race a 200 metres in Shizuoka on May 3, which Beckenham said was about building her training block not chasing a fast time. ''I missed some work and races through February and March being safe and looking after my body after the national record, so running two 200 metres in Shizuoka will make for a good training day,'' Breen said.

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