Commonwealth B qualifier for Melissa Breen in the 200m at Shizuoka
After running her 5th fastest 100m ever in Hiroshima 23 year old Melissa Breen has again shown great international form at the Shizuoka Meeting this time over the 200m distance.
Competing against 2011 400m World Champion Amantle Montsho (23.06), Breen finished second in time of 23.37 (1.8w) which is also a Commonwealth Games B standard for the event.
Video of 200m Final:
“To be honest I am shocked and excited to run that fast considering I have done very little 200m work and I had to run two in a few hours.” Breen also stated that “to improve that much (1 second) since running the 200m at nationals shows the benefit of the recent training block I have been doing.”
This is her third fastest 200m result ever and came after running an quick 23.27 in the heat 3 hours earlier which was unfortunately wind aided.
Video of 200m Heat:
In other great news for female sprinting 20 year old Victorian Ashleigh Whittaker, who was runner up in the 200m at the recent National Championships behind Ella Nelson, also claimed the Commonwealth Games B standard with a time of 23.40 in the heats. She placed third in the final behind Montshoo and Breen in a time of 23.47.
The next competition will be at Mito on the 6th where Breen will go back to her preferred distance of 100m. She will then compete at the Tokyo World Challenge event on the 11th May.
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