Top 10 Australian Sprinters of the Past Decade

From Australian Athlete – A 180 page bookazine celebrating Australian Athletics.

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1. Steve Solomon: Making an Individual Olympic Final at just 19 years of age gives Steve the nod as the best sprinter, male or female of the past decade. Add to that his Bronze medal at the World Juniors just prior, his recent National Indoor 400m record, Commonwealth Games final and 5 National titles. All this by the age of 24.

2. Josh Ross: With a PB of 10.08 (+1.9) and no less than 9 Nationals titles (7 over the 100m and 2 over the 200m), Josh ‘The Boss Ross’ has been our best 100m Sprinter over the past decade. He has also been prominent in the professional ranks, winning the Stawell Gift twice, the Bay Sheffield once and the Burnie Gift once.

3. Sean Wroe: There could be a strong argument for Sean to be at Number 1 with his performances on the international stage. He has won Gold in the 400m at the World University Games, Silver in the 400m at the Commonwealth Games, Gold in the 4×400 at the commonwealth games and Bronze in the 4×400 at the World Champs as well as an Olympic Final in the 4×400. Add to this 3 national titles (2 in the 400m, 1 in the 200m), and it is a very impressive CV.

4. Mel Breen: It is hard to look past an athlete who is a 7 times National Champion (5 in the 100m and 2 in the 200m), as well as being the fastest woman to ever pull on the green and gold running an impressive 11.11 (+1.9) in February 2014. Mel has also represented Australia at 3 Commonwealth Games, 2 Olympics and has won the Women's Stawell Gift off Scratch.

5. Sally Pearson: If Hurdles were included, Sally would be a clear number 1 selection. In the flat sprints, she has still had an impressive career with 7 National titles, 6 over the 100m and 1 over the 200m. She is also the number 3 ranked Australian 100m sprinter of all time with a PB of 11.14.

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