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1Pain of missing out motivation for Mel Breen Empty Pain of missing out motivation for Mel Breen on Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:57 am



Pain of missing out motivation for Breen

Canberra Times
04 Sep, 2011

TWO years ago, Melissa Breen sat despondent in the world championship grandstands, shattered she wasn't competing.

And the Canberra sprinter will use that heartbreak as motivation tonight when she spearheads Australia's 4x100m relay campaign.

Breen believes breaking the national record isn't beyond the Australians on the final day of world competition in Daegu.

Australia booked its place in the field by clocking 43.69sec at a Japanese meet in May.

The team's solid training form has convinced Breen the national benchmark of 42.99sec could be in danger.

The 20-year-old will run the second leg tonight, with champion hurdler Sally Pearson to run last.

World championship novices Hayler Butler and Carlotte van Veenendaal will run first and third respectively.

''Our goal is to run faster than Japan, which will help us get in the top 16 for Olympics,'' Breen said. ''We're all in better shape than we were in May so it [a national record] is realistic. It'll depend how we cope with nerves and the hype of world championships.

''I've talked about it with Sally and if we nail those changes, it's very possible. If we make the final that would be awesome, but it's just about getting that time down and qualifying for the Olympics.''

Breen finished a disappointing 14th at last year's Commonwealth Games, her first major international meet.

She insists that experience has her better prepared to handle the big stage tonight.

''That experience is going to help me a great deal,'' she said.

''In 2009, as well, I was selected but didn't run fast to compete, which was heartbreaking.

''If I have any nerves I'll think about then, and being forced to sit in the grandstand and watch.

''There's always going to be hard times in any athlete's career, and there's times where you think, 'Is it really worth it?'

''But the good times are worth every ounce of tears and sacrifice.''

"Let's Go While We're Young"



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Sally Pearson was unable to catch Russia's Aleksandra Fedoriva into third place. Picture: AFP Herald Sun

Sally Pearson can't lift relay team into 4 x 100m final

Scott Gullan in Daegu
From:Herald Sun
September 04, 2011

THE victory has sunk in but her extraordinary time is yet to feel real for new world champion Sally Pearson.

Less than 24 hours after her career highlight, Pearson was back in action for the 4x100m relay but unfortunately, despite a stunning final leg, the Australian team failed to qualify for the final.

Immediately after the completion of the race, the hurdles champion was the centre of attention for the 100m hurdles medal presentation.

"(The national anthem) was pretty special, I thought I was going to cry," Pearson said. "Last night was amazing, it was the most special night I've ever had.

"I think the world championships has sunk in. I think it's more the time that is going to take a while to sink in, 12.28sec is seven hundreths of a second off the world record and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get there.

"Sharon (Hannan) always had the faith in me and I guess having faith in your coach is one of the most important things. She has programmed my training to perfection."

Pearson has delayed her return home and will race four times in Europe before arriving back on the Gold Coast on her 25th birthday (September 19).

A problem at the second change between Melissa Breen and Charlotte Van Veenendaal last night ruined Australia's chances and left Pearson too much work to do, although she did pass Great Britain to finish fourth in 43.79sec.

"Coming out tonight with the team was incredible, I don't get to experience it very often and we want to do that at every championships," she said.

The men's 4x100m relay team also failed to qualify finishing fourth in 38.69sec to miss qualifing by just 0.15sec.

"Let's Go While We're Young"


Melissa Breen speaks of her Daegu experience via her website -

Just like that it is all over! It was an awesome night at the stadium in Daegue, Hayley started so well for us, and flew around the first bend, the change between Hayley and myself was one of the best we’ve had and then it was my turn to sprint down the back straight, I felt really good running and seemed to hold the stagger against some very fast girls, next was the change between Charlotte and myself, it was a tough one but we got the baton around and that was the important thing, finally Sally flew home in the blister last leg to place us forth in our heat, and eleventh overall on the night.

This was the first senior Australian team for Charlotte, Hayley and Laura, they all handled themselves very well,, throughout the three weeks in Daegu, it is a credit to their coaches and support network for being able to step up like they did and represent Australia. I am very excited about the future of this team, once we nail each of the changes we are going to break that Australia record and it will be worth the wait for perfection!

Women’s 4x 100m Heat 2
1. Trinidad and Tobago 42.50
2. Ukraine 42.63
3. Russia 42.78
4. Australia 43.79
5. Great Britain & N.I. 43.95
6. Korea 46.14
Poland DNF

"Let's Go While We're Young"


Footnote: From the ANSW Website: The (men's 4 x 100m time) time was the 11th fastest in Australian history and the fastest since 2006. The time ranked them 10th overall and just short of a finals berth, where 38.47 was required. The quick time also puts Australia in a good position to qualify for the London Olympics.

Qualification is the average of the best two times by the top-16 nations in 2011 and until June 2012.

Top 16 nations in 2011 IAAF Rankings
1) 37.04 Jamaica; Daegu 4/09/2011
2) 37.79 United States; Daegu 4/09/2011
3) 37.91 Trinidad and Tobago; Daegu 4/09/2011
4) 38.2 France; Daegu 4/09/2011
5) 38.29 Great Britain; Daegu 4/09/2011
6) 38.37 Poland; Daegu 4/09/2011
7) 38.41 Italy; Daegu 4/09/2011
8.) 38.47 Saint Kitts and Nevis; Daegu 4/09/2011
9) 38.65 Canada; Roma 26/05/2011
10) 38.66 Germany; Regensburg 4/06/2011
11) 38.66 Japan; Daegu 4/09/2011
12) 38.69 Australia; Daegu 4/09/2011
13) 38.72 South Africa; Daegu 4/09/2011
14) 38.77 Brazil; São Paulo (IDCM) 22/05/2011
15) 38.87 PR of China; Daegu 4/09/2011
16) 38.93 Ghana; Kumasi 6/08/2011

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