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Ross runs 10.08s to win sprint crown

By John Salvado 10/03/2007 09:51:56 PM Comments (0)

Joshua Ross has declared he's ready to mix it with the world's best sprinters after becoming the fastest-ever Australian runner on Australian soil.

On a perfect night for sprinting at the Queensland State and Athletics Centre, Ross dominated the national 100m final, winning in 10.08 seconds.

It was his second personal best in less than two hours, after he won his semi-final in 10.10s.

Patrick Johnson and Matt Shirvington are the only Australians ever to have gone faster, with their best times coming overseas.

Johnson was a distant second in 10.27s, ahead of Adam Miller (10.29s).

"I've been dreaming about it all season, in fact I've been dreaming about it for years and I've finally pulled it off," said the 26-year-old Ross, who has now won four straight national 100m titles and has never been beaten over 100m at the championships.

"I always knew I could go that quick and, like I said before, I can go quicker."

Ross paid tribute to his new coach Emil Rizk, who he linked up with late last year.

And after disappointingly missing out on a berth in the 2006 Commonwealth Games 100m final, Ross is now confident he can make a real mark on the world stage, starting at August's world championships in Japan.

"In the last couple of years I have just been making up the numbers, but it's been a learning process and you have to be patient with this sport and it's finally paying off for me," said Ross, whose previous best time of 10.12 was set in Perth two years ago.

"I know I can mix it with the best in the world now."

Sally McLellan was also looking forward with increased confidence to the world titles after winning a third straight women's 100m Australian title in a new personal best of 11.23s.

The much improved Queenslander's time was the fastest ever at an Australian championships and she will be a short-priced favourite to also win the 100m hurdles on Sunday.

"I was probably expecting 11.20, but 11.23 is just as good," said McLellan.

"It's so exciting what's going to be happening this year, going over to the world championships is going to be a big thrill.

"Hopefully I can pull my time down even further."

In other action, ACT runner Lisa Corrigan completed a dominant domestic season by powering away from rival Sarah Jamieson to win her first national title in the women's 1,500m.

This time last year, Corrigan was suffering from an eating disorder that saw her weight drop to 43kg.

But she proved once again that those problems were well in the past, winning in 4:15.25 ahead of Jamieson (4:15.91).

Mark Fountain claimed the men's 1,500m and a berth in the world championships team, timing his sprint perfectly to win in 3:42.31.

Tamsyn Lewis won her third straight Australian 400m title in 51.71, finishing more than a second clear of New Zealander Monique Williams.

Queenslander Jarrod Bannister obliterated the field in the men's javelin with a best throw of 83.70m which left him five metres clear of runner-up Joshua Robinson.

American Brad Walker dominated the men's pole vault with a best clearance of 5.95m.

He then had three unsuccessful attempts at 6.04m, a height which has only been bettered by three vaulters.

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