Athlete Bio

2014 Track_4


  • 60m: 7.30
  • 100m: 11.11
  • 200m: 23.12

 Career Highlights

  • Breaking the 20 year old National 100m Record
  • Competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games
  • 5x Australian National Champion
  • 2012 Women’s Stawell Gift Winner (off scratch)
  • 2010, 2014 Commonwealth Games Semi Finalist 100m

100m Progression

  • 2007 – 11.74
  • 2008 – 11.33
  • 2009 – 11.46
  • 2010 – 11.34
  • 2011 – 11.40
  • 2012 – 11.27
  • 2013 – 11.25
  • 2014 – 11.11
  • 2015 – 11.26

Top 5 Races All-time

  1. 11.11 Feb 2014 – Canberra AUS
  2. 11.15 Feb 2014 – Canberra AUS
  3. 11.25 Mar 2013 – Sydney AUS
  4. 11.26 Mar 2015 – Brisbane AUS
  5. 11.27 Feb 2015 – Canberra AUS

Introducing the Breen Team Support Crew

Track Coach: Matt Beckenham

Gym Coach: Matt Beckenham

Manager: Matt Beckenham

Competition Manager: Brian Roe

Parents: Mike and Bev Breen

Sibling: Matt Breen

Other athletes in Squad: Including Lauren Wells, there are over 25 in the MattyB DEPT. squad. Full squad details can be found at

Sports Physiotherapist: 

Soft Tissue: Scott Smith

Brief summary of Career so far

2007 ~ A breakthrough season for Melissa, winning the 100m and 200m events at the Australian All Schools Championships with personal best times.

2008 ~ Won the Under 20 100m at the Under 20/23 Australian championships and gained automatic selection for the World Junior Championships, where she finished third in her semi-final of the 100m 11.70 (0.0w) and narrowly missed a place in the final. The young sprint sensation went on to run the fastest 100m by an Australian female of 2008, clocking 11.33 (1.9w) at an inter-club meet in Canberra. In her first 100m run for the season, Breen sliced 0.13 seconds off her personal best and posted her first world championships B-qualifier in the process. The time took Breen to the No. 1 ranked female sprinter in the country for 2008, taking over from Olympic 100m hurdles silver medallist Sally McLellan who recorded 11.41 earlier in the year.

2009 ~ The year started well for Melissa, shaving .61 off her previous best mark over 200m at the Sydney Track Classic in February to post a new best time of 23.51. She went on to take out the Australian title over that distance in Brisbane in March, stopping the clock at 23.96 behind New Zealander Monique Williams. In her more favoured 100m event Melissa paced second to Sally McLellan, crossing the line in 11.61. At Easter Melissa made her Stawell Gift debut, running off scratch in the 120m to place third in her semi-final in a time of 14.082.

In July Melissa travelled to the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, placing eighth in the final of the 100m in a time of 11.72 (-0.3w) and 14th overall in the 200m, failing to make the final with a time of 24.12 (1.0w). A tough European season had Melissa pitted in a race against time to meet village entry requirements and join the Australian team in Berlin, the young sprinter eventually withdrawing from the team ahead of its arrival at the world championships. In September Melissa donned the green and gold to contest the 150m event at the Great North City Games in Newcastle in the UK, clocking 17.70 to place third behind English duo Christine Ohuruogu and Montell Douglas.

2010 ~ It has been a successful year for Melissa so far, with wins at the Briggs, Brisbane and IAAF Melbourne Track Classics in the 100m. An A-qualifying performance in the 100m at the ACT State Championships 11.34 (1.0w) and her first national title in the same event ensured Melissa’s selection for the 2010 Commonwealth Games team.

Heading to Japan in May, Melissa placed third in a time of 11.38 (1.7w) when taking to the start line in Hiroshima, her fastest time ever outside of Canberra. A similar third placing at the Osaka Grand Prix 11.46 (0.1w) capped off a successful few weeks in Japan for Melissa. Next taking her campaign to Europe, Melissa placed eighth in the women’s 100m at the IAAF Continental Cup in Split (CRO), crossing the line in 11.58 (1.4w).  At the XIX Commonwealth Games, Melissa qualified for the 100m semi final stopping the clock at 11.78 (0.7w) to place fifth and just miss a berth in the final.

2011 ~ Was the year of change for Melissa, after not performing to her best at the Commonwealth Games, her coach Matt Beckenham, began to rebuild her technique, breaking it all down and beginning again.  She found late season form to place second behind Say Pearson in the 100m at both the Tour Final in Perth 11.46 (0.5w) and the National Championships in Melbourne 11.67 (-0.6w). At Easter Melissa competed at the Stawell Gift, running off 11 metres in the Australia Post Stawell Men’s Gift, only the 5th female to do so, she did not progress out of the heats unfortunately.

Heading to Japan in May, Melissa won the 100m at the 45th Oda Memorial Track and Field Meet Hiroshima in a time of 11.27 (2.6w). Also placing third at the IAAF World Challenge – Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki 11.56 (-0.4w), also the Women’s 4x 10m Relay Team secured their spot on the World Championship team by running well under the qualifying time. The team consisted of Sally Pearson, Laura Whaler, Charlotte van Veenendaal, and Melissa Breen the girls ran 43.69. Melissa is heading off to Europe on the 11th of July, and has shown good form recently while competing on the Gold Coast, running 11.40 (1.7w) and an equal PB in the 60m of 7.30 (0.6w).

Melissa’s 2011 European campaign was her most successful to date, with four 100m races sub 11.50, with her best in Belgium running 11.44 (0.0w) in very wet conditions.  Heading into the Athletes’ Village in Daegu for the World Championships at the beginning of August to meet up with the 4x 100m team, this gave all team members time to adjust and practice their changes.  The team placed 11th overall in the 4x 100m Relay, (Hayley Butler, Melissa Breen, Charlotte van Veenendaal, and Sally Pearson).

2012 ~ The Australian domestics season was a success story in the making for Melissa, with wins in the 100m at Sydney Track Classic, 200m Perth Track Classic, and a double National Title in the 100m and 200m in Melbourne running two personal bests over the Championships 11.31 (1.4w) in the 100m and 23.30 (-0.3w)  in the 200m. Off the track, at Easter Melissa competed at the Stawell Gift, winning the Women’s 120m off scratch she was the first ever female to do so, and also winning the Fashions on the Field! Heading off to Japan in late April, Mel posted another Personal Best time in the 100m of 11.30 (1.3w), just short of the A qualifier of 11.29.

On the 13th of June Melissa was named in the Australia Team bound for the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 100m. Whilst in Europe with training partners, Lauren Boden, Brendan Cole and coach Matt Beckenham to prepare for her Olympic debut Melissa ran another PB of 11.27 which was also the Olympic A standard. Melissa then ran 11.34 in the heats of the Olympic Games.

2013 ~ Melissa continued on her great form during the early stages of the domestic season. After training very hard after the Olympics she was rewarded at the Sydney Track classic with personal bests and victories in both the 100m (11.25) and 200m (23.12). These times were also A and B qualifiers respectively for the 2013 World Championships. Unfortunately a lower leg injury put an end to the rest of the domestic season. Despite picking up a kidney and liver infection in May Melissa was still able to produce her best time in Europe at the World Championships in Moscow.

2014 ~ Melissa has made a huge breakthrough taking the long standing national 100m record of her childhood idol Melinda Gainsford-Taylor with a time of 11.11. After losing 29 consecutive races Melissa also broke through for her maiden victory against Olympic 100m Hurdles champion Sally Pearson at the ACT State Championships. After placing second to Sally at the National Championships Melissa was selected in her second Commonwealth Games team.

In April Melissa showed outstanding form again winning the Oda Memorial meet in Hiroshima with a time of 11.28 (11.22w in the heat).

The season culminated with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where Melissa represented Australia in the 100m and 4 x 100m relay. She gained important championship experience running in a Commonwealth Games final in the 4 x 100m relay.


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