In what was a sensational end to the Japanese circuit MattyB DEPT. athletes has 2 victories, 2 Olympic and World championship B qualifiers and an A Qualifier for the World Championships at the Kawasaki World Challenge Grand Prix.
Kawasaki Race Footage
The meet started with Lauren Boden taking out the Women’s 400m Hurdles in a season best time of 55.86. The race was never in doubt as she set up a huge lead down the back straight and remained strong right to the line running her 5th ‘B’ Qualifier and moving a step closer to the A standard of 55.40.
Next up on the track was Melissa Breen who anchored the Australian Women’s 4 x 100m relay. After narrowly missing the qualifying standard of 44.00 on two occasions during the domestic season the girls were on a mission in Japan.
Melissa chased the Japanese team down the home straight as they recorded a time of 43.69. It was an agonizing few minutes as they waited for the scoreboard to post the results but when it did there was a high level of excitement amongst the team.
Brendan Cole was the next MattyB DEPT. athlete to step onto the track. Running from lane 2 Cole set up the race using great poise and control. Coming into the final straight Cole was in 4th position but then unleashed an amazing last 100m to surge away and record a winning margin of over half a second recording a time of 49.60. This time is a B Standard for World Champs and Olympic Champs and is only 0.1 of the Olympic A Standard.
Melissa Breen then completed a wonderful day of racing to finish 3rd in the Women’s 100m in a time of 11.56 into a 0.4 headwind. Melissa again showed much greater maturity in this race to finish off strongly picking up several places in the final 20m.
The MattyB DEPT. had a very success journey to the West Coast of Australia with Melissa Breen. Lauren Boden and Brendan Cole competing in 2 competition.
Firstly, the squad won 4 State Titles
- Women’s 100m – Melissa Breen 11.54
- Women’s 400m – Lauren Boden 53.88
- Women’s 400m Hurdles – Lauren Boden 56.38
- Men’s 400m Hurdles – Brendan Cole 50.18
Melissa also finished second in the Women’s 200m.
The three then spent the week training in lead up to the Grand Prix Final where they all produced season best results
- Melissa Breen 100m 11.46 (0.5w) Second to Sally Pearson
- Lauren Boden 400m Hurdles 55.97 Second to Jana Pittman
- Brendan Cole 400m Hurdles 49.94 First
The win for Brendan also took him to second in the Sprints/Hurdles point score behind Sally Pearson which was a nice payday of $7000. Lauren Boden finished 6th in this group.
Videos of the races in Perth
Chloe Jamieson has taken out the gold medal in the hotly contested Under 18 400m Hurdles at the National Junior Championships in Sydney.
With 5 athletes qualified for the World Youth Championships it shaped as an epic contest. Running from lane 4 Chloe set up the race extremely well and showed strength in to the wind to hold on for victory in another World Youth qualifying time of 60.37.
This result ensures that Chloe is an automatic selection for the World Youth Championships which will be held in Lille, France in July.
In other great squad news Rachael Carnegie ran a PB to make the final of the under 20 200m. Her time of 25.61 shows great promise for the step back to 400m Hurdles next season.
Melissa Breen also competed at this meet in an invitation 4 x 100m relay which Sally Pearson, Charlotte Van Veenendal and Laura Whaler. Chasing the World Championship qualifying mark of 44.00 they fell agonizingly close with a time of 44.05. I am confident they will run this time at the Sydney GP this weekend to secure they place on the team headed to Korea in August.
Athletics Australia media release