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Narrow wins for Tassie teenagers de la Motte & Leek

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Narrow win for teen Tassie speedster

The Advocate
12 Dec, 2011

OFF AND RACING: Competing in the women's 120m gift are
(from left) Morgan Gaffney (second), Morgan Whiley, Abby
Chapman, Abby de la Motte (first), Sandy Loring and
Michelle Davis (third).

LAUNCESTON sprinter Abbey de la Motte continued her recent strong form with a gutsy victory in the 120m Simplot Gift at the Devonport Athletic Club Mersey Valley Devonport Cycling Club Carnival in Devonport yesterday.

The 17-year-old speedster won two gold medals at the all-schools Australian championships in Queensland last week and backed up with a solid victory in a tough final run into a headwind yesterday.

Starting off a middle mark of 7.25m, de la Motte was able to reel in front marker Michelle Davis, of Bruny Island, by the halfway mark and hold out fast- finishing backmarkers Morgan Gaffney, of Somerset, and Morgan Whiley, of Devonport, to win by just 0.04 of a second from Gaffney and Davis.

"The wind was so strong and I was worried about the backmarkers coming over the top of me, but I just tried to concentrate on my technique and I was able to hang on," de la Motte said.

"I didn't think I was going that well at the start of the season, but the last couple of weeks have been really good for me."

It was a day for youngsters at the Devonport Oval yesterday with 18-year-old Hobart sprinter Charlie Leek winning the men's 120m gift.

Starting from the back mark of 5.00m, Leek stormed home into the headwind to run the leaders down on the line and score a narrow victory by just one hundredth of a second.

Comeback runner John Howe, of Preservation Bay, running off 7m, was an unlucky second, with Launceston's Ross Lovell finishing third.

Yesterday's carnival was only Leek's second outing of the season and his first ever gift victory in three years of running.

"I've improved out of sight this season, compared to last year," he said.

"I didn't even think I was going to make the final, so I'm blown away to win it."

In other events on the running program, lanky Northdown teenager Alec Thomas continued his impressive distance running career with a strong win in the 1000m handicap.

Starting off 65m, Thomas hit the lead with 100m to go and held off the field into the headwind on the finish straight to score a solid win ahead of Hobart's Aaron Humphrey and Burnie teenager Brodie Overton.

Yesterday's program also featured 300m events, with Michelle Davis making up for her disappointment in the women's gift with a win over the longer distance, reversing the result on Abbey de la Motte, who finished second.

Hobart athletes scored the double in the remaining 300m events, with Mark Nichols winning the man's 300m and Dan Lemoto claiming the masters 300m.

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Gift adds to de la Motte's great season

The Examiner
12 Dec, 2011

LAUNCESTON runner Abbey de la Motte continued her outstanding season's form to win the women's gift at the Mersey Valley Carnival in Devonport yesterday.

The 17-year-old Launceston Christian School student won the 120-metre gift off a mark of 7.25 metres in 13.88 seconds.

Somerset's Morgan Gaffney was second from a joint backmark with Hobart's Michelle Davis (11.25m) third.

Hobart sprinter Charlie Leek took out the men's 120m gift.

The Tasmanian 100m champion won in a time of 13.25, from the backmark of 5m.

John Howe, of Preservation Bay, finished second, with Launceston's Ross Lovell third.

Northdown's Alec Thomas was successful in winning the 1000m open handicap final in 2:28.38, off 65m.

Hobart's Aaron Humphrey was second (85m), with Burnie's Brodie Overton third (100m).

The men's 300m went to Hobart's Mark Nichols from Launceston's Andrew Robinson and Cooee's Brendan Smart.

Davis won the women's 300m from de la Motte and Morgan Whiley.

Hobart's Dan Le Moto took out the men's masters.

In cycling, Ulverstone's Kate de Paoli won the women's wheel race from Hobart's Janelle Smith and Devonport's Rowena Badcock.

Hobart rider James McAvoy took out the men's wheel from Launceston's Jake McMahon and Devonport's Michael Astell.

Timothy Taylor won the men's lightning handicap and Smith was successful in the women's.

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