LONDON Olympian Melissa Breen showed her sprinting pedigree to win the women's 200-metre final at last night's Devonport Carnival.
The 22-year-old from Canberra showed why she is the national sprint champion by running down the field to win on the line from the back mark of one metre.
Sheffield teenager Ashleigh Corbett continued her good form this season to finish a close second off 14metres with Ulverstone's Abbey Chapman third off 16metres.
Breen's winning time was 24.42 seconds.
The Matt Beckenham- trained runner was obviously hurting after a great run.
"It was hard work from right at the back but I'm very happy to win another sash," she said.
"I've been doing a lot more longer training to help my 200 and obviously that has helped me today and I'm very proud and excited to have another sash - it's very good.
"I'm hurting a fair amount and my bum and legs are full of lactic but apart from that it was really good.
"I was a bit sore after the 70m last night because it was so cold, but I had some physio today and got the job done so I'm very happy."
Breen will next attempt to win the Burnie Gift tomorrow off her scratch mark.
Thirty-six-year-old Woodbridge veteran Dan "the Dragon" Le Moto continued his excellent form this season, including winning the Launceston and Rosebery gifts, to win the men's Devonport 200m title.
Running off a mark of 19m, Le Moto was too good, holding off Hobart's Jared Gilroy (14m) and fast- finishing backmarker Victorian Matt Hargreaves (10m) to win in a time of 20.99.
"I wasn't going to run here today because I have a bit of a cold," Le Moto said.
"I was going to rest up and prepare for Burnie but I felt pretty good and decided to have a run."
Le Moto put his improved form this season down to more tempo work and rest days for recovery, saying it was paying off.
"I'm surprised at how well I'm doing at 36 but full credit to my wife - she looks after the four kids," he said.
Le Moto and Breen both pocketed $3500 for their victories.