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Breen in career-best form for Olympics
12:09 AEST Wed Jul 18 2012

Sprinter Melissa Breen thanked Sally Pearson for advice after storming to a career-best time in the countdown to the London Olympics.

Two-time Australian champion Breen was thrilled after finishing second over 100m to American Tiffany Townsend in Lucerne, Switzerland on Tuesday night, clocking 11.27 seconds - three-hundredths faster than her previous best set in Japan in April.

"It's pretty amazing," said Breen. "This is the best preparation I could ever have thought of.

"I remember thinking about reacting to the gun, that's something Sal's (Pearson) taught me.

"She told me not to over-think things too much, just know that you have to react and your body will know what to do.

"She told me 'just listen for that gun and when it goes you go like there's no tomorrow.' So for that, Sal, thanks."

Breen said the timely run was a welcome confirmation of her form, especially after experiencing some severe down periods in her career.

"To run a PB in Europe is awesome. Two or three years ago in Europe I struggled severely with running fast or running well at all so I guess this is testimony as to how far (coach) Matt (Beckenham) and I have come in the last five years.

"Life's pretty awesome right now."

Australian 800m star Jeff Risely also showed his readiness for the Games by producing a personal best time on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old clocked 1:44.48 as he finished behind only Kenya's Job Kinyor (1:44.39) at the Lignano Sabbiadoro Meeting in Italy.

It was the first time Risely had gone under the 1:45.00 mark this season.

Teammate Lachlan Renshaw was seventh in the same race in a season's best of 1:45.75.

At the same meet, Henry Frayne won the long jump with a leap of 7.80m.

In Lucerne, Lauren Boden clocked 56.98 to run seventh in the 400m hurdles while Alana Boyd's 4.51m leap was enough for second in the pole vault and Kim Mickle was third in the javelin with a 60.97m throw.

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