Matt Beckenham questions Australian athletics championships rules after Toea Wisil beats Melissa Breen
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Matt Beckenham questions Australian athletics championships rules after Toea Wisil beats Melissa Breen

The rules that determine Australia's national athletics champion have been called into question after Canberra sprinter Melissa Breen finished with silver despite being the fastest Australian in the race.

Breen was beaten in the women's 100 metre final at the Australian Athletics Championships by Queensland-based Papua New Guinean sprinter Toea Wisil on Saturday night.

Toea Wisil nudges out Melissa Breen in a race in Canberra last month.

Toea Wisil nudges out Melissa Breen in a race in Canberra last month.

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Athletics Australia's rules state national titles are open to all athletes living in Australia that have been registered with an association for at least two seasons.

Breen's coach Matt Beckenham voiced his displeasure on Twitter, questioning how the first Australian across the line can miss out on the national championship.

Kelsey-Lee Roberts is off to the world titles after winning the women's javelin final.

Kelsey-Lee Roberts is off to the world titles after winning the women's javelin final.

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Beckenham says while Wisil was a "deserving winner", the "rule defies common sense" and called for a review of the process.

The former Olympian says the rule robs Australian athletes of medals "they deserve" and says international competitors should be acknowledged but they shouldn't deprive locals of medals.

Athletics Australia tweeted Wisil had finished "seconds ahead" of second-placed Breen, which seemed to strike a nerve for the Canberran. Wisil was only 0.22 seconds clear after running 11.42.

Breen tweeted she would "let Oxford Dictionary know" the definition of seconds meant 0.22, before Athletics Australia deleted the original post.

Lauren Wells won her 10th national 400m women's hurdles crown.

Lauren Wells won her 10th national 400m women's hurdles crown.

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Wisil also beat Breen at the Canberra Grand Prix last month, confirming her status as one of the best sprinters in the country.

It was the same story in the 200m final, when Wisil knocked over Australian star Ella Nelson to claim her second national title of the weekend.

Another Canberra runner had a bit more luck with Lauren Wells clinching her 10th national 400m hurdles title to cement herself as one of Australian athletics' greats.

Wells had already secured the world championships qualifying time at the Canberra Grand Prix, but another national crown officially puts her on the plane to London.

The two-time Olympian ran 56.60 to claim gold, and never looked in doubt as she breezed past the competition coming around the final bend.

Wells will be joined on the plane by Canberra javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts, who was right on the money as she threw a world titles qualifier to book her ticket to London.

The 25-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist hit the qualifying mark of 61.40 for the London world championships in August with her first throw on Saturday night.

Roberts missed last year's Rio Olympics final but secured automatic qualification by winning a gold medal in the absence of dual Olympian turned AFLW player Kim Mickle and the injured Kathryn Mitchell.