The Canberra Track Classic was back in 2015 after a five year hiatus, start lists didn’t disappoint with a plethora of class athletes making the trip to the nation’s capital. The highly anticipated 100 meters showdown between Sally Pearson and Melissa Breen did not disappoint, Pearson taking bragging rights with a time of 11.16 seconds with Breen not far behind in 11.27 seconds. Doncaster Athletics Club was represented by three athletes; Courtney Yates, Eddie Vining and Tom Robertson.
Yates in her debut on the Australian Athletics Tour produced a personal best run in the 100 meters hurdles of 14.43 seconds, a field which included YouTube sensation Michelle Jenneke who claimed victory in 13.04 seconds, which rewrote the New South Wales state record.
Robertson drew lane one of the 400 meters hurdles, a difficult task but finished a respectable seventh place behind the victorious New Zealand national record holder, Mike Cochrane.
Vining produced the performance of his career, posting a personal best of 1:48.52 seconds in the 800 meters. Vining placed seventh in a blistering race which saw Australian record holder Alex Rowe qualify for the World Championships with a time of 1:45.38 seconds.
The Australian Athletics Tour continues next Saturday 14 February in Perth at the Jandakot City Track Classic.