Monica Brennan

Monica Brennan

Athlete Biography

In just her first season of serious 400 metres sprinting, Monica Brennan will make her Olympic debut on the Australian 4x400 metres relay team in Rio.

Last November was her first outing over the long sprint for the former 100/200 metre specialist, clocking a promising 54.18 seconds. Over the ensuring seven months she has run 10 sub-54 second times, with a best of 53.14 and placed fifth at the national championships.

Brennan started her international career as a 200m finalist at the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games. She followed this with another final in 2011 at the IAAF world youth championship and a semi-final in 2012 at the IAAF world juniors.

Coached by her father Chris, Brennan is the second eldest of 10 children. Although she has a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics she is obsessed with eating peanut butter and spreads it on everything.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
  • 2010 Singapore - 8th (200m)

Recent Performances

  • 1st (200m) - 2016 Golden Grand Prix (Kawasaki, Japan)
  • 5th (400m) - 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 5th (400m) - 2016 IAAF World Challenge (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2nd (200m) – 2016 Sydney Track Classic (Sydney, Australia)
  • 1st B (4x100m Relay) – 2014 IAAF World Relays (Nassau, Bahamas)

Career Highlights

  • Setting a personal best time and winning the women's 200m at the national championships in Sydney in 2013
  • Placing 11th at the world junior championships in the 200m in Barcelona in 2012
  • Placing 7th at the world youth championships in the 200m in France in 2011


  • Primary
    St Marys Greensborough, Vic, Australia
  • Secondary
    Loyola College, Vic, Australia
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Health Science and Master of dietetic practice- La Trobe University (2012-2015)


  • Coach
    Chris Brennan (2000 - current)
  • Club
    Diamond Valley athletic club, Greensborough, Vic, Australia
  • Primary Training Base
    Melbourne, Victoria


Favourite food
Peanut butter
Favourite holiday destination
Any where with a beach, I love the beaches in South Australia
Personal Motto
The body achieves what the mind believes
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Food - probably a great big jar of peanut butter
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Cathy Freeman winning gold in the 400m at the Sydney Olympics
First Olympic Memory?
Watching the athletics in the Sydney Olympics
Most Influential person in your career/life
My dad, who is amazing - he works so hard to support our huge family and coaches me full time