Melissa Breen

Melissa Breen

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 11:22 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Women's 100m Round 1 - Heat 7

11.74 (7th)

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Athlete Biography

Australian 100 metres record holder at 11.11 seconds, Melissa Breen claimed her fifth national 100 metres title in April to indicate she was on target for her second Olympics. But she still required the Olympic standard of 11.32 and after missing the mark by just 0.12 seconds, on 10 occasions, she finally nailed her qualifier in June in Townsville running 11.31.

Breen has had a long international career which started at the 2008 IAAF world juniors. She has competed at the Universiade, Commonwealth Games, World Cup, world championships and the London Olympics.

This year she celebrates a 10 year coaching relationship with Sydney Olympian, Matt Beckenham. Breen has a future career in the sport as she is currently coaching a junior group in the MattyB department squad.

Breen is a cat lover who adopted ‘Cleo’ from the RSPCA in 2015. Her motto is: ‘Just because it hasn't been done yet, doesn't mean it's impossible.’

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Olympic Information

  • London 2012 - 6th Heat (100m) 11.34 (1.5w)

Recent Performances

  • 6th (100m) - 2016 Golden Grand Prix (Kawasaki, Japan)
  • 1st (100m) - 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2nd (100m) - 2016 Sydney Track Classic (Sydney, Australia)
  • 41st (100m) - 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
  • 1st (100m) - 2015 Australian Athletics Championships (Brisbane, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Breaking the 20 year old National 100m Record (11.11 seconds Feb 2014)
  • Six-time Australian National Champion
  • Winning 2012 Women’s Stawell Gift off scratch.


  • Primary
    St Anthony's Parish School (ACT, Australia)
  • Secondary
    St Mary MacKillop College (ACT, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness - Australian Vocational Training Academy (2009 - 2010)


  • Coach
    Matt Beckenham (2006 - current)
  • Club
    Athletics ACT, Australia
  • Institute/Academy
  • Primary Training Base
    Canberra, Australia


Favourite food
Nasi Goreng
Favourite holiday destination
Anywhere on the beach
Favourite music
Pharrell Williams
Dream car
Personal Motto
Just because it hasn't been done yet, don't mean it's impossible
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Three piercings in each ear lobe
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Cathy Freeman 2000 Olympic Games
First Olympic Memory?
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, walking into the stadium to watch the Women's 100m Heats
Most Influential person in your career/life
Matt Beckenham
Why this sport?
Because it gives me joy, teaches me life lessons, creates amazing friendships and I get to see the world.