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Sprint king Rouge-Serret moves to No. 5 all-time
Victorian sprinter Aaron Rouge-Serret (Athletics Essendon) has recorded the fastest 100m on Australian soil in three years, with an impressive 10.17 second dash (w:1.8) to win the men’s blue riband sprint at the Western Australian Track and Field Championships in Perth last night.
Slashing nearly two tenths of a second from his previous best (10.36, w:1.0m), the 22-year-old’s breakthrough bolt rockets him to No. 5 on the Australian all-time list and places him in the box seat for an individual berth at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in October.
“It’s pretty much a dream come true for me. I ran the relay at the Berlin world champs last year, so to have the individual 100m now a reality for Delhi is amazing,” said an ecstatic Rouge-Serret, who admitted he’s still on cloud nine since his career-best performance last night.
Restricted by niggling injuries early in the summer Rouge-Serret was full of praise for coach Adam Larcom, who tailored a preparation to ensure the powerhouse sprinter would peak at the pointy end of the domestic season.
“Our main focus has been the nationals in April and we didn’t run the Sydney or Melbourne Track Classics for that reason. This is the first week I’ve tapered for a race, and I’ve run a 10.17. The possibilities seem endless,” said Rouge-Serret, who became the second man after Patrick Johnson (10.18, w:1.5) to run a Commonwealth Games A-qualifier this domestic season.
“I didn’t have the best of starts, but 30 to 60 metres was really the strong part of my race.
“When I finished the race I thought it would be close to a low or mid 10.20, but then I saw the time and I was speechless.”
Liam Gander (NSW) and Keith Sheehy (SA) filled the minor placings behind Rouge- Serret in the men’s 100m final.
Rouge-Serret and coach Larcom will stay in Perth to continue their build-up and preparation for the Go for 2&5 88th Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games selection trials, commencing Friday, April 16.
Rouge-Serret will need to place in the top two at the Australian championships to guarantee his first individual berth on a senior national team.