Superstar Sally Pearson and rising star Rohan Browning have recorded impressive 100m wins at a track meet in Brisbane.
Olympic and world sprint hurdles champion Pearson showed excellent early-season form to win the flat 100m in a wind-assisted 11.17 seconds – well clear of national record holder Melissa Breen (11.49).
“It’s nice to reassure yourself that you’re doing everything right in training because you can always feel fit and feel fast and be ready to race but you’ve got to put the race together,” she said.
“I know it’s only 100m but it’s such a technical event as well, it’s about getting the phases right.
“I just feel like I’m getting back to my old self again, which is exciting.”
Pearson’s time was only three hundredths of a second shy of her PB of 11.14, set way back at the 2007 world titles in Osaka.
Browning’s winning time of 10.19 in the men’s 100m shattered his PB and was just 0.04 outside the Commonwealth Games A qualifying mark.
“I’m stoked,” said the 20-year-old.
“It felt really smooth. I went into this race with good mental clarity; I felt more confident than I’ve ever been in my shape.
“Me and (coach Andrew Murphy) have been working really hard – we’ve had a few hard seasons with injury.
“I came back from London then I went to Taiwan (World University Games).
“I bombed hard at the end of what was a pretty tumultuous season, and I came back with a lot of resolve to tick all of the boxes and make sure that I really made the most of this season leading into the Commonwealth Games.”
Browning is aiming to do the 100m-200m double at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.