Is Australia's fastest woman worth $12,000?

Twelve thousand dollars. That's how much we are talking about here. It's little more than the cost of flying a politician to Sochi.

Sally Pearson fired up for 100m record attempt in Adelaide this weekend

A fired up Sally Pearson can break the Australian 100m record in Adelaide on Saturday if wind conditions suit, Athletics Australia head coach Eric Hollingsworth says.

Sally Pearson’s former coach Sharon Hannan replaced as Australian relay coach

The last thread tying Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson to her former mentor has been cut by Sharon Hannan's replacement as Australia's relay coach.

Breen breaks national 100m record

Melissa Breen has had the best day of her athletics career, capturing the national 100m record and recording her first victory over Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson.

Melissa Gainsford-Taylor urges rivalry between Pearson, Breen

After 20 years as the fastest woman in Australian history, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor has thrown down the challenge to Sally Pearson and Melissa Breen to push each other to set a new 100m benchmark.

Hurdler Michelle Jenneke kicks off Commonwealth Games bid

She's the dancing hurdler with more than 25 million YouTube hits, but Michelle Jenneke hopes the new AIS track and her unusual pre-race warm-up can launch her Commonwealth Games bid in Canberra on Saturday.

Flood of qualifiers

Athletics Australia's decision to set achievable B-qualifying standards for this year's Commonwealth Games has proved fruitful, with 17 marks set across the nation over the weekend.

Jarrod Geddes enjoys life in fast lane with Usain Bolt

Australian sprinter Jarrod Geddes relished the opportunity to up the ante with the Racers Track Club, training alongside Usain Bolt and other star athletes in Jamaica.

Mel Breen aims to beat Melinda Gainsford-Taylor's national 100m record

Melinda Gainsford-Taylor's 100-metre national record has stood for 20 years, but Canberra sprinter Mel Breen is again targeting it after virtually booking her ticket for this year's Commonwealth Games.

Early season qualifier from Breen sets up contest with Pearson

In just her second race of the season Melissa Breen has recorded a Commonwealth Games A-qualifier in the 100m.