Inside Athletics

Chasing Olympic berth taking toll on Breen: coach

Canberra athletics coach Matt Beckenham says he must stop playing ‘‘Russian roulette’’ with sprinter Melissa Breen’s fitness, the pair now forced to gamble that the 21-year-old has already done enough to earn selection for the London Olympic Games.

Beckenham said counselling a tearful Breen on the phone after she missed the Olympic A-qualifies by just two-thousandths of a second in Japan had been one of the toughest moments of his coaching career.

While there is temptation to continue chasing the automatic qualifying time of 11.29 seconds for the 100 metres, Beckenham said he could no longer risk Breen’s long-term plans and her immediate fitness in pursuit of an Olympic berth.

Read the full story at the Sydney Morning Herald